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Public Input

Below you will find a timeline and discussion of our public input and activities regarding efforts to help clarify cannabis policy with respect to industry integration, economic development, state law, and land use law/policy.  Many counties hire a "Cannabis Czar" to manage the integration of these interrelated and complex issues.   We have done our best to bring these issues to the attention of the public, Lake County Officials, and the local business community.  We have found that while there are some obstructionist forces at work in Lake County, there is broad support for economic development which benefits all members of the community.

Bradley Johnson has helped with bringing clarification to the many complex legal issues.  Read more on the state-wide challenges implementing cannabis policy here:

pdfTheRecorder interview with Attorney At Law Brad Johnson of Sacramento's Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson.

Appeal to the Board for early activation, Measure C and Measure G comments

Observations around County policy related to Measure C, Measure G, and economic development.  An appeal for activation of cannabis Use Permits before furher loss of Measure C tax revenue.

Letter: BOS_letter_9-may-2018.pdf

Bulding fee receipt: gh_building_permit_fee_for_4_acres.pdf

Economic Inpact Report May Update: Lake_County_Economic_Impact_Report_Update.pdf

Legal Analysis: Ltr_to_LC_BOS_5-7-18.pdf

Letter to the BOS requesing urgent action to adopt a resolution for early activation of cannabis use permits

Another attempt to hold the Board accountable to the public for explicit promises to qualified applicants that they may operate in 2018.   Due to intentional delays $119,790 in Measure C tax revenue has been lost for 2018 from the Benmore Valley project alone.  The claims of Measure C will not generate revenue appear to be supported by policies that make that a self-fulfilling prophecy.  The public who voted Measure C into law deserve to have representation that support generating maximum revenue while stimulating local economic activity.

Legal Analysis: Ltr_to_LC_BOS_5-7-18.pdf

Updated Economic Impact Report

An addendum to the Lake County Economic Impact Report to reflect data and trends from the first 4 months of the regulated market clearly demonstrates that hard data and transparent methods point to erroneous conclusions in the HdL presentation to the Board of Supervisors.  When projects on one group of contiguous parcels under common ownership are poised to generate over $800,000 annually in Measure C taxes and HdL projects $164,000 Measure C revenue from all of Lake County, something is wrong.  Perhaps the data is being skewed to support an opaque political agenda?

Lake_County_Economic_Impact_Report_Update.pdf

Letter to BOS with comments on economic projections

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 24th, 2018, Mark Lovelace from HdL Consulting gave a presentation projecting economic activity and Measure C tax revenue for the nascent Lake County cannabis industry. 

A letter to the Board with critical analysis supported by fact and transparent methodology: BOS_letter_27-apr-2018.pdf

Email to CDD regarding CEQA Review

The Benmore Valley Ranch Project is exempt from CEQA.  The County is using CEQA as excuse to delay early activation of complete applications that meet the criteria set forth in Ordinance 3073.   During the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 24th, 2018 there was a discussion of the state burdening counties with CEQA review, thus causing delays in processing cultivation applications.   That is not the case for the Benmore Valley Ranch applicants and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of CEQA.

The CEQA determination:Benmore_CEQA_Exemption_Determination.pdf

Email to Community Develepment Department: Email_to_CDD_23-APR-2018.pdf

Legal analysis of CEQA around Ordinance 3073: LC_Ordinance_CEQA_Analysis_2-22-18.pdf

CAO press release around Measure C tax revenue

An examination of the loss of potential Measure C tax revenue in 2018.  Due to the policy to delay the early activation of outdoor cultivation use permits for 6-18 weeks, most outdoor cultivators will not be able to operate in 2018, thus forfeiting potential Measure C tax revenue (see checks below).  In the normal course of business, counter staff in a planning department have the discretion to deem an application complete before sending them out for referral to multiple agencies.  The reason for less applications than expected is that most operators in the county recognize that the policy will not allow them to operate in 2018 and have given up. There are currently at least 23 licenses issued by CalCannabis to Lake County applicants awaiting approval.

Press Release: County_Preparing_to_Collect_Cannabis_Cultivation_Taxes_Revenues_Uncertain.pdf

Analysis: Feedback_on_CAO_Press_Release.pdf

Legal Analysis: Measure_C_Tax_Analysis_4-19-18.pdf

Lost tax revenue: Measure_C_tax_payment.jpg