A letter from the owner of a business that seeks to provide “educational and fun cannabis-themed tours of the Emerald Triangle” has motivated the county to explore how such operations should be licensed.Read More
“Thirty-one percent say yes, 31 percent say no and 38 percent are undecided,” Hezekiah Allen, CGA’s executive director, said last week in reference to the group’s latest online survey of its membership.Read More
Most people locally are familiar with the Garberville-Redway Area Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce.
The same cannot be said of another business organization that has emerged of late — the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.
The outfit made a splash last week, or tried to, when it released a detailed press release blasting Humboldt County’s plan to place a cultivation tax on medical marijuana grows on the November ballot.
About 60 people showed up at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland Friday for the latest public meeting aimed at providing cannabis farmers with information related to county and state permitting programs that are either already in place or will be soon.
Sponsored by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, the meeting was facilitated by Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell.
Humboldt County supervisors have rescinded a ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries and will consider changing a dispensary regulation ordinance to allow onsite marijuana use.
At its July 19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors rescinded the ban and made minor changes to the dispensary ordinance approved last year. Supervisors also agreed to consider further changes — including making room for onsite consumption — in the ordinance, which will be activated with the lifting of the ban.
Over the objections of small-scale marijuana farmers, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved an excise tax rate for a ballot measure that’s headed for a vote in the November election.
The marijuana excise tax’s ballot measure statement and an ordinance setting tax rates based on grow types were approved by supervisors at their July 19 meeting. Supervisors will vote on approving placement of the measure on the November election ballot on Aug. 9.
When a longtime Southern Humboldt marijuana grower got a letter from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board last month, it’s safe to he was a tad alarmed. The letter, sent via certified mail, said that the grower needs to enroll in a permitting program launched last year that’s intended to protect water quality from the impacts of marijuana cultivation. Dated June 21, it gave him 35 days — in other words, until July 26, or next Tuesday — to enroll in the program or contact the water board and provide evidence that he’s taking steps toward enrollment.Read More
How divided is the California Growers Association over the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the statewide legalization initiative that’s going to be on the ballot in November? Very. A recent online poll of the group’s membership, a poll that drew more than 500 responses, found that 31 percent would vote yes on AUMA, also known as Proposition 64; 31 percent would vote no; and 38 percent are undecided.Read More
The county’s first permit approvals under its commercial marijuana production ordinance will allow of six acres of new outdoor cultivation on a 600-acre site in the Honeydew area. Six conditional use permits for medical marijuana cultivation were approved for the Ferndale-based Honeydew Farms LLC at the county Planning Commission’s July 7 meeting.Read More
A small-scale marijuana farming group’s lawsuit challenging the county’s commercial marijuana production ordinance has been settled and includes a $35,000 payment for the group’s legal fees. But the chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors believes the settlement doesn’t change anything because its main aspect — a commitment to re-do the ordinance under a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) — was promised before the legal action was taken.Read More
County Agricultural Commissioner Jeff Dolf updated the Board of Supervisors at its June 28 meeting on a pilot program that will use software to track the weight, distribution and characteristics of medical marijuana products.Read More
In a four-page paper titled “America’s Largest Cannabis Labor Market,” Fred Krissman, a research associate with HSU’s Anthropology Department and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, made clear that a fair number of folks in the so-called Emerald Triangle are worried about what the future might bring.Read More
Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors is aiming to place a commercial marijuana cultivation tax measure on the November election ballot — a move that has some growers concerned about the cost of doing business legally.
The costs, effects and benefits of asking voters to approve a local marijuana cultivation excise tax were analyzed at the June 21 supervisors meeting. Ultimately, supervisors agreed that a tax should be pursued at rates below those recommended by county staff.Read More
Lt. Bryan Quenell, commander of the Drug Task Force, said today that the connection between the owner and the drug operation, which in addition to a hash lab included a marijuana grow with over 2,800 plants, is not yet clear.Read More
The issue of whether to charge standard agricultural services fees to cultivators, distributors and dispensaries participating in the pilot program was settled at the April 26 Board of Supervisors meeting, with supervisors agreeing to charge for the services.Read More
Activist Dennis Peron (front, center) is surrounded by filmmakers, film buffs, and cannabis enthusiasts from all over California and beyond at the second annual Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville on April 23-24. The films were shown at the Redwood Playhouse and the festival included various related activities around town. (Photo by Sandy Feretto)Read More
Because any new tax in California requires the support of two-thirds of legislators in both the State Assembly and the State Senate, Wood’s Assembly Bill 2243, which would impose an excise tax on medical marijuana, needs a green light from a significant number of Republicans or it’s not going to go anywhere.Read More
A State Assembly bill amends medical marijuana licensing types to include one that’s especially relevant to Humboldt County — a “specialty cottage” license for cultivators who are considered “micro-farmers.”
Assembly Bill 2516, sponsored by North Coast Assemblymember Jim Wood, sets forth a variety of license types for medical marijuana cultivation, ranging from one-acre natural light outdoor grows to the recently-added specialty cottage license.Read More