Help Shape the Content of the County’s Social Equity Cannabis Program: Participate in the March 18 th Casa de Oro Alliance General Assembly Meeting

Have you heard?

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted in January, 2021 to legalize the cultivation, sale and distribution of cannabis in the county and has directed the county staff to develop a “Social Equity Cannabis Program” to develop regulation ordinances, establish a permitting system, address enforcement concerns, and establish social equity objectives.

San Diego County's Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

The county staff is currently getting input from the community to help the county explore and develop the components of the cannabis program based on stakeholder input.

On Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm, the Casa de Oro Alliance Government Affairs Committee is facilitating a stakeholder meeting with the county staff. We have invited representatives of several Spring Valley and East County organizations to participate on a zoom call that will be live-streamed on Facebook and the Alliance’s website so that anyone can watch, listen, and offer comments.

We hope you will watch the live-stream and give your input as to what you think needs to be included in the county’s plan.

–Lisa Stewart, Co-chair Government Affairs Committee, Casa de Oro Alliance

FAQs:

1)  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ASSEMBLY MEETING ZOOM?

The County of San Diego is developing a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program and is holding stakeholder meetings to get input.  

March The 18th Casa de Oro General Assembly meeting is one of the many stakeholder meetings being held to provide input to the County of San Diego as they develop the components of a county-wide Social Equity Cannabis Program.

2)  WHAT IS THE COUNTY’S SOCIAL EQUITY CANNABIS PROGRAM?

Here is the link to the county’s website:
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/Cannabis.html

3)  WHY IS THIS MEETING IMPORTANT?

While the Casa de Oro Alliance is setting up and facilitating the March 18 th stakeholder meeting, we want the County staff to get input from more than just the Casa de Oro Alliance and community leaders. We think it’s important for everyone to give their input because this will have an impact across the entire county of San Diego.

We hope you will participate by: 1) submitting your input prior to the meeting via the Casa de Oro Alliance website, 2) attend the live-streamed meeting and add your comments to the chat, and 3) send your input to the county’s project lead, Mr. Donald Chase (Donald.Chase@sdcounty.ca.gov)

The zoom meeting will be recorded so that you can view it later if you cannot watch it live.

4)  WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE COUNTY’S CANNABIS PROGRAM?

The county’s cannabis program has four goals:  

1) develop zoning ordinances that would allow for cannabis retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and microbusiness. 

2) develop a new cannabis permitting system that creates county
operating permits for retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing or a county operating permit for a microbusiness license, allows for the sale of ingestible cannabis products, and allows for onsite consumption of cannabis products at specific facilities and at permitted events. 

3) addresses enforcement issues

and 

4) contains a social equity component.

5)  HOW DO I VIEW THE MEETING?

On Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6pm, watch the meeting on the Casa de Oro Alliance Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CasadeOroAlliance) or on the Casa de Oro Alliance website (www.casadeoro.org). 

You’ll be able to post your comments.

6) HOW CAN I GIVE MY INPUT TO THE COUNTY?

The project lead is Mr. Donald Chase (Donald.chase@sdcounty.ca.gov). Send him your suggestions, recommendations, and links to articles you think would be helpful for the county to refer to when developing their cannabis program.