News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
According to a News Release from the Eureka Police Department, dated June 23, 2011:
On the morning of June 23, 2011, Detectives with the Eureka Police Department‚Äôs Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) were conducting surveillance on a residence on the 3300 block of I Street, Eureka. The property had been the source of recent neighborhood complaints concerning suspected marijuana cultivation occurring there. Earlier, Detectives had also observed several mature marijuana plants growing in the backyard and POP was in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the residence.
At about 11:00 AM, Detectives observed two males exit the residence and drive off southbound on I Street in a silver VW Corrada hatchback sedan. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at Manzanita and ‚ÄėI‚Äô Streets. The occupants, Andrew Micheal Harmon (21 of Eureka) and Paul Lojan Harig (20 of Eureka), were taken into custody on suspicion of marijuana cultivation. A small quantity of processed marijuana was found on Harmon‚Äôs (the driver) person. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Detectives found a duffel bag containing approximately 4.75 pounds of processed marijuana.
At approximately 12:15 PM, Detectives served the search warrant on the residence. Investigators subsequently located 49 growing marijuana plants in the backyard, including clones and mature plants. The plants were in soil pots and ranged in height from approximately 2‚ÄĚ ‚Äď 4‚Äô. 21 more growing marijuana plants (small clones) were found in the garage along with 13 drying marijuana plants hanging from a cable (6 pounds of drying marijuana). Three bags containing approximately 2.25 more pounds of processed marijuana were located inside the residence, along with approximately 1 ounce of concentrated cannabis powder (‚Äúkief‚ÄĚ ‚Äď the resin glands or trichomes of cannabis) and several grams of suspected hash oil. Investigators also found two digital gram scales, marijuana packaging materials (turkey size oven bags etc.), and evidence of an illegal hash oil manufacturing lab (glassware with hash oil residue, empty butane gas cartridge box, and two residue laden capped PVC pipes). These items were used to make concentrated cannabis through a highly volatile chemical extraction process. Additionally, Investigators discovered written records strongly indicative of marijuana sales activity.
Officials with the City of Eureka‚Äôs Community Development, Building, and Fire Departments were called to the scene to inspect the residence for code enforcement violations and safety hazards. The grow was determined to be outside the provisions of Eureka‚Äôs Medical Cannabis Ordinance, which may result in additional fines being levied on the property owners and/or tenants.
Harmon and Harig both claimed Prop 215 medical marijuana exemptions for their grow. However, these were invalidated due to the clear evidence of illegal marijuana sales, hash oil manufacturing, and City ordinance violations that were uncovered. Harmon and Harig were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were both booked for manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, and unauthorized cultivation of marijuana (all felony offenses). Additionally, Harig was on summary probation for threatening/obstructing a federal officer and he was being held for a related SWAP (Sheriff‚Äôs Work Alternative Program) violation.
Evidence seized during the search warrant includes:
- 70 marijuana plants
- Approximately 1 ounce of concentrated cannabis (kief) plus hash oil
- Approximately 7 pounds of processed marijuana
- 6 pounds of drying marijuana plants (13 plants)
Shown below-Andrew Micheal Harmon (21 of Eureka):
Shown below-Paul Lojan Harig (20 of Eureka)
On 4/26/11, at about 2:20 PM, Detectives with the Eureka Police Department‚Äôs Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) went to a residence on the 1800 block of 3rd Street, Eureka, to follow up on neighborhood complaints concerning suspected drug and gang related activity there.¬† Detectives contacted the primary resident and another male outside.¬† While speaking with the subjects, detectives smelled a strong odor of growing marijuana emanating from a detached second residence located behind the main house.¬† Upon further investigation, Detectives discovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation inside the two-story structure (a converted garage and apartments).¬† The grow had recently been harvested and approximately 150-200 plants were found hanging in a drying room.¬† An additional 258 growing marijuana plants in pots were found inside a second upstairs nursery.¬† These plants were in various stages of growth ranging from small clones to mature budding plants. ¬†
Officials with the City of Eureka‚Äôs Community Development and Building Departments responded to the scene.¬† Numerous building code and electrical violations were found.¬† Additionally, the grow was determined to be far outside the provisions of Eureka‚Äôs Medical Cannabis Ordinance.¬† Detectives also uncovered evidence the grow was intended for commercial use (for profit) and may involve several individuals.¬† Residents were only able to produce a single expired medical marijuana recommendation (the primary suspect is also unemployed).¬† A PG&E technician was called to the scene and the electric meter to the residence was pulled due to the existence significant electrical/fire hazards. ¬†
The investigation is continuing and an illegal marijuana cultivation case (felony) is expected to be submitted to the District Attorney‚Äôs Office for review for prosecution.¬†
On March 30, 2011, Humboldt Growers Association (HGA) sent a set of documents to the KMUD News Department. The documents relate to cannabis cultivation and regulation. HGA also was featured on Monday Morning Magazine a weekly KMUD two hour program airing from 7 to 9 am every Monday morning. An archived recording of the discussion with HGA may be accessed here. The documents are in pdf format and may be accessed below:
Arcata municipal code.pdf
Eureka Municipal Code.pdf
San Francisco Cannabis Act.pdf
San Francisco Edible Cannabis Regulations.pdf
Organic Labeling on Cannabis Products.pdf
Unincorporated Humboldt County Medical Cannabis Draft.pdf
Humboldt County Planning Commission staff report 12-23-10.pdf
HGA review of Unicorporated HC Draft Ordinance.pdf Updated/New Draft
HGA Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation Proposal.pdf Updated/New Draft
HumMAP Draft Marijuana Ordinance Proposal, May 3, 2011-Version 5.0
December 16, 2010
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PLANNING DIVISION
COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
The following proposed draft medical marijuana land use ordinance is the first step in the process towards a comprehensive code regulating the land use aspects of medical marijuana in Humboldt County.
This draft medical marijuana land use ordinance is intended to integrate into the current Humboldt County land use code at 313-55.1 et seq. for the coastal zones and 314-55.1 et seq. for the inland zones. This proposed draft is a first step, as it only addresses small-scale residential cultivation for personal use; transmission and distribution facilities, such as collectives, cooperatives, dispensaries, and delivery services; medical marijuana laboratory and testing facilities; and medical marijuana business offices. Many other medical marijuana land use issues, such as large-scale cultivation, outdoor cultivation, processing facilities, and related medical marijuana issues, such as branding, labeling, and certification, are not included in this proposed draft ordinance, and may be the subject of additions to this ordinance in the future.
The draft medical marijuana land use ordinance will first be heard by the Planning Commission at their January 6, 2011 meeting. Staff will request that no final action be taken that night on the draft medical marijuana ordinance to allow more opportunities for public comment. This draft ordinance is being made available to the public three weeks before it will be first be heard by the Planning Commission in an attempt to encourage and invite public discussion.
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