Keeping Cannabis Compatible with Local Communities

Every once in a while Wise Woman Storytime puts the spotlight on a wise elder man and we get to hear a personal story from his life.  Such is the case this week. Local activist, farmer, and teacher Shepherd Bliss, a supporter of medical marijuana recently was part of a neighborhood action when it was discovered that 2 illegal industrial sized cannabis farms had sprung up overnight in his community defying environmental regulations, ignoring code requirements and just plain common decency and respect for all. The two farms were shut down by county officials within a few days.

These events have taken Shepherd on a path towards unraveling the complexities of how this now legal and potential billion dollar crop will be managed and enforced by government. It has motivated him to explore the environmental, political and cultural impact on the quality of life in rural communities and the ramifications of this industry on longtime small local growers as large corporations and rogue growers  buy up land, begin large scale production and may very likely  process and distribute the cannabis in local communities as well.

While Shepherd’s story begins in a small rural neighborhood in west county, this is an issue that potentially affects our water safety and supply, our environment (including increasing the possibilities for more floods and out of control fires) and the quality of life for everyone.

Sonoma County is currently issuing permits to growers while still figuring out the rules, codes, and zoning regulations.  Corporations are moving in and rogue growers are setting up industrialized farms in local neighborhoods as small local growers are being pushed out. 

Never has our involvement, participation and input in this process been more important. The future of our county and quality of life is at stake. 

Margaret Meade said, “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Scroll down to listen to Shepherd’s story and read the links.  Learn what is going on and help us create the county we want to live in.

Sonoma County Advisory Group Meetings:

         The next meetings of the Sonoma County Group are scheduled for Wednesdays October 25 and December 6th.  All meetings begin at 3pm.  Arrive early to get a seat.  The meetings are held at the PRMD Hearing Room 2550 Ventura Blvd. Santa Rosa.

                

Cannabis articles by Shepherd Bliss

                                September articles

Shepherd Bliss: Cannabis cultivating re-visited, Augusta Free Press-Sep 25, 2017, Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate …

(Virginia, permits comments)

http://www.hopedance.org/home/food-news/3080-cannabis-cultivating-re-visited (permits comments, well illustrated)

ZCommunications » Latest ZNet, https://zcomm.org/latest-znet/Shepherd Bliss: Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited. I support cannabis growing by locals on appropriate sites that do …(Boston, allows comments)

International Cannabis Laws | Cannabis Research Consultants

cannabisresearchconsultants.com/laws/international/Check out our news feed of interesting international cannabis laws. … Shepherd Bliss: Cannabis cultivating re-visited · Shepherd Bliss: …

Health Canada to Launch Cannabis Awareness Public Health …

https://doncastercannabis.club/health-canada-to-launch-cannabis-awareness-public-he…Health Canada to Launch Cannabis Awareness Public Health Campaign. 25/09/ … Shepherd Bliss: Cannabis cultivating re-visited. next post …

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited : Expats Post

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited, Dissident Voice-6 hours ago

Sonoma County, California — Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both …

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/shepherd-bliss/75331/cannabis-cultivating-re-visited. (comments allowed)

https://dissidentvoice.org/2017/09/cannabis-cultivating-re-visited/

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited – Counterpunch

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/26/cannabis-cultivating-re-visited/

I have visited small and medium-size cottage cannabis operations and been …. Shepherd Bliss teaches college part time, farms, and has …

http://winewaterwatch.org/2017/09/cannabis-cultiva…r-shepherd-bliss/

Augusta Capital Ltd: NZE:AUG quotes & news – Google Finance

finance.google.com/finance?q=NZE:AUG, Shepherd Bliss: Cannabis cultivating re-visited. Augusta Free Press .

13. http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?124061-Re-Illegal-Cannabis-Growing&p=215516#post215516 (allows comments)

                                   August Articles

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow – Sonoma County Gazette

www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma…/neighbors-shut-down-illegal-cannabis-gro…Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow. Aug 30, 2017 by Shepherd Bliss. Share: Disclosure: I am a Peace in Medicine patient. CBD-rich cannabis …

Shut It Down | Open Mic | North Bay Bohemian, http://bit.ly/2wIU4DA

/shut-it down/ Neighbors rally against illegal cannabis grows. … Shepherd Bliss (3sb@comcast. net) has farmed the Sebastopol countryside for 24 years and …(allows comments)

“Thank you for posting this. It’s been an open secret for many years that people have been growing pot here in Sonoma County. We have a pre-existing culture already in place that supports this underground business. Now, with the legalization of cannabis, it is has never been more important to move towards county policies of accountability on everyone’s part – and that includes growers, lawmakers, code enforcement, clearly articulated zoning laws and neighbors not looking the other way, but instead holding their neighbors accountable.

I voted yes to legalize the growing of cannabis. I did not vote yes to support blackmarket businesses that suck the life out of our communities. We need everyone on board to stop the rogue growers now.”

Posted by Roberta Teller on 08/23/2017 at 5:31 PM, Bohemian online.

Waking Up

I greatly appreciated Shepherd Bliss’ “Shut It Down” (Open Mic, Aug. 23). His and his neighbors’ actions inspire me to rouse from my “it’s inevitable” victim attitude toward possibly illegal cannabis operations. Taking action against rule breakers has nothing to do with whether we ourselves are cannabis consumers, or how we feel about the burgeoning pot culture.

—Randi Farkas, Sebastopol, published 8/30, Bohemian.

http://augustafreepress.com/neighbors-shut-illegal-cannabis-grows/ , from Virginia, (allows comments)

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/shepherd-bliss/74742/neighbors-shut-down-illegal-cannabis-grows (allows comments)

http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/08/neighbors-shut-down-illegal-cannabis-grows/

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow – Wine And Water Watch, winewaterwatch.org/2017/08/neighbors-shut-down-illegal-cannabis-grow/ Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow by Dr. Shepherd Bliss. Disclosure: I’ m a Peace in Medicine patient. CBD-rich cannabis improves …)

Pacific Views, www.pacificviews.org/ Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grows by Shepherd Bliss.

Wine And Water Watch | ecology.iww.org

https://ecology.iww.org/aggregator/sources/511, Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow by Dr. Shepherd Bliss … I support cannabis growing that follows the rules and does not endanger creeks, wildlife, …

Posts by Shepherd Bliss | Orbitt.net, https://orbitt.net/author/shepherd-bliss/

Aug 23, 2017 – Sonoma County, Northern California — One of the United States’ top four cannabis-growing counties is Sonoma County, California. In 2016, it …

Out of the Mountains: The Chick fil A Recipe

thisandthatat.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-chick-fil-recipe.html

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grows by Shepherd Bliss;

Mendocino County Today: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 | Anderson Valley …

theava.com/archives/72573, (Dr. Shepherd Bliss {3sb@comcast.net} has farmed in Sebastopol for 24 …

Regulation – Friends of the Eel River, eelriver.org/tag/regulation/feed/

The basic questions about Humboldt’s commercial cannabis industry are land use issues. ….. Sebastopol organic berry farmer Shepherd Bliss has helped rally a ..

Policy Forum: “We didn’t go in with a plan. We went in with a theory”

policywonk.blogs.com/oipp/2004/10/we_didnt_go_in_.html, Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grows by Shepherd Bliss;

Russian River Times (print edition only, accepts long letters).

15. Re: Illegal Cannabis Growing – WaccoBB, www.waccobb.net › … › Sonoma County Bulletin Board › General Community, Aug 24, 2017 – https://ecology.iww.org/aggregator/sources/511, Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow by Dr. Shepherd Bliss … I support cannabis …

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