News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 10, 2012:
On 12-07-2012 at about 0800 hours, Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Rio Dell Police assisted the California State Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement with a search warrant at a residence located in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive, Rio Dell. Officers detained a subject, who lived at the residence and was identified as Nikolai Kaley Erickson age 37. When officers searched the residence they located 279 individual one pound bags of processed marijuana bud. Additionally another approximately 40 pounds of loose marijuana bud were located in the residence inside of pickle barrels. Officers seized $12,482 dollars in cash from the residence for possible asset forfeiture.
Erickson was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. Erickson’s bail was set at $ 75,000 dollars. At the same time that officers were serving a search warrant at Erickson’s residence in Rio Dell, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents assisted California State Department of Justice Officers with a search warrant at two parcels located off Bear Creek Road, Dinsmore which are owned by Erickson.
At the property in Dinsmore, officers located evidence of an outdoor marijuana growing operation. Officers detained 9 subjects, who told officers they were hired by Erickson to help manicure the marijuana. Officers seized over 377 pounds of dried marijuana bud from the property. The nine subjects were identified and release from the scene. A street value of the marijuana seized in this investigation is over one million dollars.
This case is still under investigation by the State of California Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
The photo below shows suspect Nikolai Kaley Erickson
Growing marijuana ranges from very light touch, that is from using no additives except natural fertilizers, to the extreme of heavily utilizing commercial fertilizers, growth stimulants and pesticides. As is true for any crop that is consumed, how the plant is grown may have health implications for users. The increased sophistication of the marijuana industry along with moves toward legalization, and thus regulation, has created new practices, including laboratories that test the quality and safety of the product.
On Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012 KMUD News coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired an interview with Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach and cofounder of a cannabis testing lab called SC Laboratories - the lab that will test entries to this year's Emerald Cup held at the Mateel Community Center, Dec. 15.
Use the player below to hear the audio clip of this news piece.
Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach of SC Laboratories:
Update-Nov. 15, 2012- the original post follows the press release below.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 15, 2012:
On 11/15/12, at about 9:30 AM, POP investigators served a search warrant on a second residence associated with the suspects’ commercial marijuana growing operation. This residence was also located on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street near Hulcy’s house (the second property did not belong to Kevin James Hulcy). During a search of the two-story residence, investigators found evidence of a large recently harvested and trimmed indoor marijuana growing operation. A substantial section of the residence (3 rooms in the back) had been converted into a marijuana cultivation and processing space. The grow appeared to have been for-profit in nature and was additionally out-of-compliance with Eureka’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance. Investigators seized 15 firearms from the residence including rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Investigators also located and seized approximately a ½ pound of processed marijuana bud believed to be packaged for sale in multiple bags. Officers also observed a potential electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation due to unpermitted wiring etc. PG&E was contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the residence.
Charges including unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance are anticipated to be requested against the residents, who were not home at the time the warrant was served.
At approximately 10:00 AM, POP investigators also conducted a related probation search at a residence on the 900 block of ‘N’ Street Eureka. Travis Matthew Collins, age 28 of Eureka, was contacted and detained at the residence. Collins was on felony formal probation for DUI. During a search of Collins’ home pursuant to his probation status, investigators located a Winchester 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and Remington 30-06 caliber semi-automatic rifle concealed under the mattress in his bedroom. Investigators also found approximately 3 ounces of processed marijuana in his room. Collins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for probation violation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
This is an on-going investigation and additional arrests may follow. Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
The photos below show the weapons confiscated at the residences.
Photo of the indoor grow scene.
According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 13, 2012:
On 11/13/12, at about 8:00 AM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit served a search warrant at a suspected marijuana sales house on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street, Eureka. The warrant was obtained after the POP Unit developed information the residents were involved in a for-profit marijuana cultivation operation. Resident Kevin James Hulcy, age 30 of Eureka, was detained during a traffic stop away from the residence. During a subsequent search of the residence, investigators located and seized approximately 24 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale in ½ pound and one pound bags, 5 firearms, $38,706.00 cash (suspected marijuana sales proceeds), and other evidence indicative of illegal, commercial marijuana cultivation. Investigators also found evidence of an earlier indoor marijuana grow in a detached garage behind the residence.
Hulcy was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a space for unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance.Additionally, similar charges are expected to be requested against a female resident (Hulcy’s girlfriend) who was not present at the time the search warrant was served. During the course of this investigation, POP investigators also procured evidence identifying the location of a second (rural) property in the Dinsmore area associated with the suspects. This information was relayed to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit. That afternoon, Deputies, assisted by Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and a POP investigator, executed a search warrant at the property. A large amount of processed marijuana was located there.
The photo below shows suspect, Kevin James Hulcy:
Marijuana agriculture and the environment were the focal issues discussed on Friday Oct 12, 2012 from 1-5 pm, at a symposium held at Humboldt State University and jointly sponsored by the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR) and the HSU Sociology Department. Each of the two sessions in the symposium, titled, "Environmental Challenges of Marijuana Agriculture in the Age of Prohibition", featured panelists discussing issues ranging from the environmental impacts of marijuana growing to using a balance of enforcement and incentives to ameliorate the problems associated with marijuana agriculture. The Symposium was introduced by Dr. Tony Silvaggio, an Environmental Sociologist from HSU. Alison Sterling Nichols from the Humboldt Growers Association moderated the first session and Hezekiah Allen, from the Mattole Restoration Council moderated Session II.
KMUD Community Journalist, Kelly Lincoln, attended the meeting and recorded each of the panel presentations and the Question and Answer sessions following the panel presentations. The resulting unedited audio is available on this page and can be heard, or downloaded, using the players below.
Audio of Session I:
Use the player below to hear panelists Gary Graham Hughes - Executive Director, Environmental Protection Information Center and Scott Downie (beginning at approx. 18 mins. into the clip) - California Department of Fish and Game Senior Biologist.
Use this player to hear panelists Paul Gallegos - Humboldt County District Attorney, Humboldt County Sheriff, Mike Downey, (beginning at approx. 14 mins. into the clip), and Scott Greacen (beginning at approx. 23 mins. into the clip) - Executive Director, Friends of the Eel River.
The player below can be used to hear the Question and Answer portions of Session I.
Audio of Session II:
Use the player below to hear panelists Casey O’Neill - Community Member/Farmer from Medocino County, and Tasha McKee (beginning at approx. 19 mins. into the clip) - Executive Director, Sanctuary Forest.
Use this player to hear panelists Mark Lovelace - Humboldt County District 3 Supervisor and Ryan Sundberg (beginning at approx. 14 mins. into the clip) - Humboldt County Supervisor, District 5.
The player below can be used to hear the Question and Answer portions of Session II.
According to a press release from "Americans for Safe Access":
For the first time in nearly 20 years, a United States Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value: Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. This historic case will force a federal court to finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. During a press briefing Thursday, plaintiffs in the case, along with leading medical researchers and clinicians, spoke about the necessity of the federal government recognizing current scientific data supporting marijuana rescheduling. Marijuana is currently classified in the same category as heroin despite calls from scientists, medical professionals, and policy makers to reschedule marijuana for medical use. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear opening arguments on the case the morning of October 16, 2012. "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), who will be arguing the case before the D.C. Circuit. "What's at stake in this case is nothing less than our country's scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients."
Use the player below to hear more about this issue, including an interview with Ed Densen, an attorney specializing in medical marijuana law and Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access. This story was aired by News Coordinator,Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local News Thursday, Oct.25, 2012.