Monday, September 7, 2015

Citizen's Cannabis Commission Will Hold First Meeting Tuesday in Live Oak

Hammer, Sammet, Hoffman Among Local Appointees
Jim Coffis

Eric Hammer of Brookdale, Kim Sammet of Boulder Creek and Eric Hoffman of Bonny Doon are among the the thirteen members of the Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4). The Board of Supervisors created the group to craft new policy recommendations in the wake of a citizen’s referendum which required the Board to rescind an ordinance they passed by a split vote in June. The overturned ordinance sought to impose greater restrictions on cultivation in response to concerns amid reports of poor practices which were said to adversely affect the environment or quality of life.  

The commission will hold their first meeting Tues at 10 am at the Live Oak Senior Center. The meetings are open to the public

Hammer was nominated as Supervisor McPherson’s appointee for the 5th district, Hoffman is the Ryan Coonerty appointee for the 3rd District; Sammet was appointed as a representative of the Santa Cruz Mountains for Sustainable Cannabis Medicine (SCM2) one of five industry organizations given seats on the panel.  The other members are Steve Premo, Bob Kennedy, Nick Bulaich, Shebreh Kantari-Johnson, Rahn Garcia, Tom Burns, Colin Disheroon, D’Angelo “Cricket” Roberto, Patrick Malo and James Sweatt.

Eric Olsen, an Aptos attorney and former counsel with the US Dept of Agriculture has been hired by the County to facilitate the work of the group.  All the meetings will be open to the public and their work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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