Tawnie Logan’s Sway Grows As Political Voice For Sonoma County Pot Producers

By Julie Johnson
The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Two years ago, before Tawnie Logan became the political voice for Sonoma County marijuana farmers, she was raising her two children in rural Santa Rosa, growing marijuana in Mendocino County and working in sales for an organic fertilizer company.

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Two decades ago, Californians voted to become the first state in the nation to allow use of medical marijuana. A cannabis trade now worth billions of dollars sprouted, linking growers in the famed Emerald Triangle and those closer to home on the North Coast with dispensaries and consumers buying an ever wider array of pot products.

Still, the drug remains illegal for recreational use, a prohibition that will end if voters pass Proposition 64 on Nov. 8.

While the measure leads in the polls, with up to 60 percent of likely voters favoring approval, the pot industry is deeply split, eyeing Colorado’s experience and those of three other West Coast states — Oregon, Washington and Alaska — where pot is legal.

Cannabis advocates, entrepreneurs and lawmakers from Sonoma County have stepped into the debate, wrestling with how to promote, legitimize and govern a trade with growing sway and impact on our lives.

Here, meet some of the people shaping the future of the marijuana industry on the North Coast.

Two years ago, before Tawnie Logan became the political voice for Sonoma County marijuana farmers, she was raising her two children in rural Santa Rosa, growing marijuana in Mendocino County and working in sales for an organic fertilizer company.

She regularly traveled for work to Colorado and Washington where a boom in cannabis cultivation was in full force after voters in those states legalized adult use.

Logan saw massive indoor marijuana farms with half-acre canopies and heavy infrastructure for water, lighting and production.
“The amount of power and the amount of pesticides used in one day — Colorado wasn’t ready for that,” Logan said. “Then I’d come home to sleepy California, all the country homes and my friends. There was no representation for farmers.”

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