US (CA): Sonoma Valley commission approves cannabis farm

The Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission gave its unanimous approval Wednesday night for a cannabis farm to operate in Glen Ellen. Mike and Mary Benziger own Glentucky Family Farm on London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen and submitted paperwork for a use permit “more than three years ago,” Mike Benziger said during his presentation to the commission.

The SVCAC, which holds an advisory role, showed no sign of hesitation in supporting the project.

“I’ve been on this group for about six years now and we’ve never had a hearing where there were no questions, almost none,” said Margaret Spaulding, commissioner, before she made a motion to approve the project. “I think that is was very deserving that there were no questions because you covered everything, and covered it quite eloquently.”

The Benzigers currently have two licenses to grow cannabis and their request for a use permit included cultivation of up to 50 cannabis plants in a 1,560-square-foot area centrally located on the couple’s 8-acre property with an indoor cottage cannabis cultivation in an existing barn and onsite processing.


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