Santa Rosa Advances Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Feb 10, 2016

  Santa Rosa is taking its first detailed steps toward regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city. The city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing on the issue Thursday afternoon. Tiffany Camhi reports.

Meanwhile State Senator Mike McGuire, a co-author  of the state bill to regulate cannabis, has just introduced a companion measure that would impose a 15% tax on the sale of medical marijuana.

Economic Incentives for Home Solar Systems Under Fire

Dec 2, 2015

  The economics of installing home solar energy systems could change dramatically if utility-backed rate changes are approved by state regulators.

PG&E spokeswoman Ellen Hayes says the incentives for solar systems are a holdover from the early days of alternative energy deployment in California, and are now due to be updated. But, she says, the utility remains supportive of further solar expansion.

  However, Brad Heavner, from the California Solar Energy Industries Association questions that timetable.

Net Neutrality At Risk

Apr 26, 2014

  The FCC is preparing new rules to govern Internet access, amidst worries that those changes will give industry giants an unfair competitive advantage.

Safe Medicine Disposal

Sep 16, 2013

  Collecting and incinerating old or unwanted prescription medications is a public health benefit on several fronts. The makers of the meds are fighting one northern California County’s ordinance that requires them to help cover those disposal costs—but they’re losing.

For Sonoma County, the drive to collect and dispose of excess medications (see list of locations here)  has been propelled by water quality concerns, explains Susan Keach, an Environmental Compliance Inspector for the Sonoma County Water Agency.

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