Sonoma County opens its doors for cannabis business applications … – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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The Permit Sonoma office is at 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa, open with extended hours starting July 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures is at 133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 110, Santa Rosa. Applicants must schedule appointments, which are available starting July 6.

Source: Sonoma County Environmental Health Department

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Imagine if all the grape growers, vintners and wine retailers in Sonoma County had to get in line at a county office to stay in business. It’d be a crush.

Cannabis industry operators of Sonoma County are set to experience just that. County workers are preparing to be slammed Wednesday when the county will begin accepting permit applications for medical marijuana businesses, heralding the start of a new era for a regulated marijuana market in California.

“Think about it: It’s an existing industry that we’re essentially trying to permit in a very short amount of time,” said Tim Ricard, Sonoma County’s new cannabis ombudsman. “It’s an exciting day for the county and it’s an exciting day for our local cannabis businesses.”

Sonoma County is on the leading edge with local governments that have already established rules to regulate California’s newly legal marijuana industry, joining counties like Monterey, Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, Calaveras and San Luis Obispo. Locally, Santa Rosa began issuing cannabis permits last year. Mendocino County began accepting permit applications from cultivators in May, under a new set of rules established in anticipation of statewide regulations. It is in the process of developing an ordinance to regulate other related businesses such as manufacturers and testing laboratories.

California’s new laws for marijuana businesses require that operators have local permits before seeking state licenses.

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