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Marijuana Measure Divides

In August 2020, after years of dickering, the city of Sonoma finally voted to allow SPARC—which has a marijuana farm in Glen...

Eddie Alvarez Runs for Council

A local environmental group recently endorsed Eddie Alvarez, though it also called him “rough around the edges.” Alvarez is running for a...

Former Agricultural Commissioner Has Island Fever

Tony Linegar retired as Sonoma’s Agricultural Commissioner at the start of 2020. He now lives with his wife, Krista, on Oahu, though...

BJ Hughes’ Instagram cannabis success

Bobby James Hughes III, known to friends as “BJ,” went online for the first time in 1991. Two years later, he built...

Novel Puts Pot Farmer in Dystopia

Alison Stine’s new thriller takes place in a world racked by climate chaos. The main character, a woman named Wylodine (Wil to...

Rolling 101

I roll joints, though I’m not an expert. So, on a recent Saturday afternoon, I visited Oaky Joe Munson, who has rolled...

A Farm and a Dispensary Bloom in Sonoma

Mike Benziger has grown many things in his life, but not this.  “We’re not growing placebos,” Benziger tells me...

Cannabis and community

Change, especially in the cannabis world, doesn’t happen suddenly, but rather in stages. Herman Hernandez, a long-time community activist and a savvy...

Agriculture Clash

Once you meet Ken Norton and his pals in the Sonoma County Cultivation Group, you won’t forget them. They’re a trip. SCCG...

Agricultural cooperatives will help save the world

Cooperation will save the world, and so will cooperatives like FEED Sonoma, a farmer-worker owned co-op in the making said to be...
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