The newly formed Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts will host a general meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 14, on the back patio of the Sonoma Grille, 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma.

The founding steering committee of the group, which was formed in late March, consists of Sonoma Valley organic farmers Sam Coturri and Phil Coturri; biodynamic leader and Glentucky Family Farm founder Mike Benziger; Sonoma Valley florist and farmer Natasha Drengson; Erich Pearson, founder of SPARC; growers Sean Kelley and Joey Ereñeta of Terra Luna Farms; Glen Ellen Star restaurateur Erinn Weiswasser; and Sonoma PR man and farmer Michael Coats.

The goal is to have Sonoma Valley cannabis be among the most distinctive and unique flower from Northern California with an established terroir and a reputation for improving the environment. Protecting small growers, influencing cannabis policy, and supporting local charities are part of the mission.

The June 14 general meeting is to welcome all interested enthusiasts.

Plans call for the group, which is similar to a vintners and growers organization, to promote the high-quality cannabis coming from the Valley and adjacent locations such as Moon Mountain and Sonoma Mountain. The SVCE will create the conditions in which Sonoma Valley cannabis is recognized for its best practices and cleanliness from artificial chemicals and additives, and provide support services for cannabis business in the Valley.

SVCE aims to partner with local food, wine, and entertainment businesses to promote the cannabis industry in Sonoma Valley.

For more information, contact Michael Coats or Allison Coats at 935-6203.