The results from numerous community forums and an online survey will soon be coming in, and the future of the commercial cannabis in Colusa County could become clearer following a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors on the evening of May 21.
“We don’t know what the results are going to be yet. We’re going to find out the same time everyone else does,” said Supervisor John Loudon, who is on the County’s Cannabis Ad-Hoc Committee with Supervisor Kent Boes. “We’re looking forward to getting it done. I’m hoping to expedite the decision as soon as possible… I’m not sure what everyone else is feeling about it, but I want to get it done as soon as possible.”
While no formal action is being requested by County staff at the meeting, the Colusa County Board of Supervisors will leave the meeting with a better idea of where their constituents stand on the issue.
The county contracted with DeNovo Planning Group to conduct a series of seven public workshops throughout the county, from February through March. The workshops were held in Williams, Grimes, Princeton, Arbuckle, Maxwell, Colusa, and Stonyford. During the workshops, the public was invited to submit any comments regarding issues, concerns, or potential benefits with respect to allowing commercial cannabis operations within the county. In addition, written and online surveys were also made available to provide additional opportunities for public input.
“Ben Ritchie with DeNovo Planning Group will provide their summary report to the Board at 6 PM on Monday, May 21, at the Board of Supervisors Chambers,” Colusa County CAO Wendy Tyler said in a statement. “The report will include an overview of the process, the issues raised as a result of the group discussions that took place during the community meetings, as well as all survey results… Following the presentation, my assumption is the Board will discuss the issues and provide direction to County staff” about potentially changing the current cannabis regulations in the county.
Currently, no commercial operations – medical or recreational – are allowed in Colusa County. In accordance with Proposition 64, the county does allow personal cultivation of up to six plants in a detached, permitted structure.
Both Boes and Loudon said that the county officials elected to hold a special meeting later in the day, so that working residents have a chance to attend, and county officials are encouraging anyone interested in potential commercial cannabis operations in the county to attend and provide further input.
“We definitely want the public to be there,” Loudon said. “If they’re not there and we make a decision, then it’ll be on them and not us. We want to be very transparent on this, because it’s a very controversial issue.” ■