Special Coverage: Cannabis
Jason Walsh: Has Sonoma come around on medical pot?
Forget recreational – it’s taken 20 years for city to come to grips with medical marijuana
Marijuana businesses get extension on permit deadline
By Oct. 31, operators must apply for relief from hefty land-use fines the county has delayed enforcing in order to entice growers to come out of the shadows.
Teen pot use falls to 20-year low
In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation's 12- to 17-year-olds dropped to their lowest level in more than two decades, according to federal survey data released last week.
City Council to take on cannabis at Monday special session
Council will look at what type of businesses should be in the city, and where
Jason Walsh: Will Sonoma bogart legal cannabis?
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous,” Carl Sagan said in 1969. “An impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
Last-minute rush to avoid fines boosts cannabis business permits
Dozens of cannabis operators came forward this week to seek permits to do business in Sonoma County in time to avoid costly land-use fines.
Cannabis businesses seek more time to apply for operating permits
A fast-approaching deadline for local cannabis businesses to avoid costly fines has industry leaders urging the Board of Supervisors to extend its incentive program.
Lagunitas unveils beer made with cannabis
Petaluma-based Lagunitas and Santa Rosa's CannaCraft are experimenting with adding aromatic ‘terpenes’ from cannabis into beer, and from hops into cannabis vaping products.
Pot pairs with passion fruit
Sonoma County startup Garden Society sells cannabis edibles to women consumers through home-based parties.
Make room for can-nabis, or canned bud
As the marijuana industry goes through a massive transformation under the weight of new rules, businesses are dealing with a fresh set of demands for quality control.
Wine and weed: An economic match made in heaven?
Wine professionals attended a one-day conference in Santa Rosa to explore ways to capitalize on the $7 billion cannabis industry.
Biodynamic growhouse in Sonoma Valley
Images of the extensive permitted cannabis cultivation farm on an old turkey ranch.
Sonoma Valley turkey ranch turns its soil to cannabis cultivation
An old turkey ranch near Glen Ellen is the site of a new farm incorporating biodynamic principals to the rapidly-growing field of legal cannabis cultivation.
Wineries and weed: Friends or foes?
The North Coast’s wine and cannabis industries find themselves facing a common question: Are they competitors or collaborators? The answer is complicated and depends on who you ask.
Sonoma County readies for 'crush' of cannabis business applications
“It’s an exciting day for the county and it’s an exciting day for our local cannabis businesses," says Sonoma County's cannabis ombusman of the July 5 opening of permit applications to join the industry, legally.
Cannabis phoenix: Meet a change leader in North Coast commerce
Imprisoned and raided for his cannabis ventures, Dennis Hunter now is heralded as leader of CannaCom Valley’s shining business model at multiple operations in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
Where wine empire began, new owners plot ‘Whole Foods of pot’
Big plans for the Fetzer family Redwood Valley estate envision it as a marijuana production and tourism site, a transformation emblematic of the changes coming to the North Coast in the era of legal cannabis.