The tribal government that agreed to delay its pursuit of a casino in south Petaluma this past spring has found another use for a portion of its land: cannabis.
The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians has filed an application with Sonoma County to grow nearly 1,000 cannabis plants outdoors along the southernmost stretch of Petaluma Boulevard South, at the southeast corner of Highway 101 and Kastania Road.
The proposed operation, which would include large water storage tanks and involve dozens of employee trips per day, would be isolated to a 29-acre portion of the tribe’s 277 acres between Highway 101 and the Petaluma River.
The project must still be approved by county planners, but it has drawn positive remarks from area leaders who have long sought to limit casino activity in Sonoma County. Petaluma City Councilmember Mike Healy said he has some questions about the well that the tribe plans to use as a water source, but otherwise had few complaints.
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