Cannabis cultivation and the means for regulating it have been contentious topics in Napa County for some time now. Back in July, proponents of allowing commercial cannabis cultivation in unincorporated Napa County, led by the Napa Valley Cannabis Association, collected enough signatures to qualify for a ballot measure during the March 3, 2020 election.
Following collection of those signatures, the County Board of Supervisors took up the issue on July 23rd. Typically, the Board would have three possible paths forward in such a situation. The Board could: 1) place the measure on the ballot next March, 2) adopt the measure outright, or 3) order a 9111 report to analyze the potential impact of the measure before taking action at a later date.
The County Board of Supervisors issued a 9111 report regarding the cannabis regulation initiative on August 20th in which it analyzed the land use, environmental, fiscal, and other impacts of the proposed initiative. The report detailed some of the negative implications that could result from the initiative, including a purported negative impact on Napa County’s tourism industry “through adverse odor and visual impacts on wineries, restaurants, resorts, and lodging facilities in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county.” The report drew analogies to the struggles of Santa Barbara County in regulating cannabis as well.
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