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Women’s Spaces Radio Show on KBBF-FM 89.1 with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Jennifer Schallert on Powerful Women Reuniting and Jolene Strange on Sonoma County Measure A General Fund Tax on Cannabis, broadcast on 2/20/17, has been uploaded to the web archives.


Featuring Guests:

1. Jennifer Schallert: Volunteer, North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP); Host, Happy Hour of Powerful Women Uniting for a Powerful Future

2. Jolene Strange:  Member of Boad of Directors, Sonoma County Growers Associaion; Paralegal, Canna Legal, a division of the Beck Law Group.

(see Coming Events below)

Guest  1.  Jennifer Schallert shares her journey as a mother of 2 boys into active partipation in democracy at the local level. Jenn as a volunteer joined the Integrated Voter Engagement Team of NBOP to register voters in neglected areas of the county. Emboldened by the large turnout for the Women’s March in January, Jenn announces a free Happy Hour called:  Powerful Women Reuniting, from the March to Our Future, to bring about conversation and networking between local politicians and women in the community.  The link to the event is below.

Guest Link: http://northbayop.org/

Guest Event: Fb event page for the Happy Hour for Powerful Women Reuniting


Guest 2.    Jolene Strange talks of her journey to the forefront of the medical cannabis and recreational cannabis entry into the commercial market.  Jolene joined the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Growers Association and professionally helps growers to enter the legal but highly regulated market.  Jolene talks about the hastily decided Measure A offered to the voters in the county by the Board of Supervisors (BOS) without any opposition printed in the Voter Pamphlet Guide for the ballot of March 7, 2017.  The county needs a funding source for the new land use regulation passed by the BOS in December 2016, and hopes to sqeak by with majority vote for the General Fund tax measure.  Yet the voices of patients and current growers supplying the medicine to patients were dealt severe restrictions and prohibitions from growing at their current locations, promising to raise prices of the medicine and disrupt communities and relationships formed around the implementation of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The County was invited to take part in this radio discussion, but did not return calls.

Guest Link: www.scgalliance.com

Balotpedia  link to the Business Tax Ordinance (6188) presented as a General Fund Tax on Meaure A for March 7, 2017.  Be sure to vote.

Link to Sonoma County’s Adopted Medical Cannabis Program Ordinances & Policies


Announced Coming Events:

Friday, February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT  SCGA Workshop: Cooperatives – Strategies to Help Cottage Operators to Succeed,

Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am PDT
Piner High School, Santa Rosa.
Healthcare Town Hall – Santa Rosa with  Rep. Mike Thompson, and CA Senator Mike McGuire,
CA Senator Ed Hernandez, CA Senator Bill Dodd, and CA Assemblymember Jim Wood

 Friday, March 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
SCGA Workshop: Transition and Taxes

Friday, March 3 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Happy Hour: Powerful Women Reuniting, from the March to Our Future


Music Selections:

A Change is Gonna Come sung by Leela James

Everybody Knows performed by Concete Blonde, music and lyrics by Leonard Cohen.