The City of Sonoma and the City Council has so far been unable to agree on, implement or confirm any upcoming ordinance that will allow its citizens to locally access legal cannabis as an informed adult choice and for a multitude of medicinal purposes. The citizens of Sonoma already supported the passage of Prop. 64 legalizing cannabis in California by over 61% of the votes cast in 2016 with legalization implemented on January 1, 2018, a virtual mandate. Certainly the number of citizens supporting local access has since risen, clearly evidenced by the very strong and obvious support by attendees at a recent Town Hall meeting sponsored by the City of Sonoma itself.
Jurisdictions, such as the City of Sonoma, do have a right to do nothing about the lack of local cannabis access, for whatever reason, but doing nothing or creating burdensome access restrictions does not serve it’s citizens properly, fairly or completely.
It is time for the Citizens of Sonoma to have a direct and democratic say-so in this matter with a proposed voter-approved ordinance that seeks a workable and functional balance for all and serves as a live-and-let-live approach regardless of whether one does or does not wish to participate in the individual right to cannabis access.
SIGNING THE BALLOT INITIATIVE
Sonoma residents, registered to vote within City limits (residents with unincorporated addresses unfortunately do not qualify) your signature on this ballot initiative is needed in order for it to qualify to become a measure on the November election (or special election). By signing the initiative it does not state that you are in support or opposition for local cannabis, it just lets the city know that there are enough city residents that would like the opportunity to exercise their right in voting on the matter.