Author: Kevin McCallum

Santa Rosa cannabis business creates feud over land use

Two of Santa Rosa’s top priorities ­— building new housing and legalizing cannabis businesses — are colliding in a simmering land-use dispute that could affect future development around the city’s new downtown SMART rail station. A company planning to grow medical cannabis in an industrial building near downtown is getting pushback from housing developers who claim the project threatens the city’s long-term plans to build high-density housing near the Railroad Square station. It’s the latest example of how state legalization efforts and the city’s welcoming posture toward the cannabis industry is triggering a “green rush” of investment likely to...

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Santa Rosa shelves temporary ban on outdoor marijuana growing

A plan to ban outdoor growing of medical marijuana in Santa Rosa went up in smoke Tuesday. City staff abruptly kicked the ban back to a cannabis subcommittee hours before the City Council was set to vote on the 45-day moratorium. In making their decision, officials cited the high volume of feedback they received about the proposal prior to the meeting. “We needed more time for public input on this,” said David Guhin, the director of Planning and Economic Development. Some cannabis business interests have said the proposal took them by surprise. One alleged in a news report Monday...

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