High on Voting

CannaCraft Jumps on the HeadCount Bongwagon

Pack a bowl and head to the polls—election day is right around the corner. And in a sign of the power that the pot industry is wielding these days, local pot powerhouse biz CannaCraft has announced a partnership with HeadCount called the Cannabis Voter Project.

HeadCount’s been around since 2004, and is a steady nonprofit voter-registration presence at jam-band concerts. Now they’re joined by CannaCraft on a national tour underway that’s bringing the registration push to pot-illegal states like Michigan, Illinois, South Carolina, Missouri and Arizona.

Based in Santa Rosa, CannaCraft lays claim as the state’s largest manufacturer of delicious and medicinal edibles, tinctures, topicals, flowers and vaping products.

Emerald Update

The 15th annual Emerald Cup is taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on the weekend of Dec. 15–16 and organizers have just added a bunch of musical acts to the itinerary. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans will blare out the pro-pot tuba-pumping second-line music; American funk band the Funky Meters will get . . . funky—and they’ll be joined by electronic musicians STS9, Rising Appalachia, Los Angeles soulsters the Elevators, Brooklyn Afro-beaters Antibalas and others.

The Emerald Cup is anchored by its annual competition of the best of the best when it comes to flowers, concentrates, edibles, CO2 cartridges, topicals, and all sorts of CBD products. The contest kicks off on Oct. 15, when contestants can offer their product to the judges; the contest intake continues through Nov. 18. The theme this year, say event organizers, is “a celebration of the new ways of thinking and living within the cannabis culture.” The Nugget’s judgement: that is a worthy and timely theme.

Smokin’ Sonoma

The Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group will next meet on Oct. 16 in the supervisors’ chambers and there’s a whole lot on the agenda. The electeds will consider proposed amendments to the zoning code, “including but not limited to allowing adult use/recreational cannabis with a use permit; increasing restrictions on allowed locations for cannabis permitting; adding and amending setbacks; extending the term of cannabis use permits; allowance of centralized cannabis processing on agricultural land; the removal of a 24-hour notice for inspections; amending definitions and ordinance language to align with state law where appropriate; and other amendments as recommended by the Planning Commission.”

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