News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
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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Community journalist Kerry Reynolds talk with cannabis expert Dr. William Courtney, Cannabis Medical Consultant. Dr. Courtney recently spent a month in Europe meeting with other cannabis researchers.
According to a Cal NORML release, California's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) reported 4,320,314 plant seizures in 2010, slightly less than last year's all-time record of 4,463,917. CAMP estimates the wholesale value of the destroyed crop at $17.2 billion - enough to qualify for agricultural disaster aid for any other crop. This works out to $4,000 per plant, or over 1 lb per plant. At this rate, the total amount of marijuana destroyed by CAMP works out to over four times the estimated marijuana consumption of the entire state of California (1 million pounds per year). CAMP's harvest has soared ten fold since 2002-3.
The leading counties this year were Mendocino (572,680), Tuolumne (411,004), Lake (374,958), Shasta (325,480), Tehama (312,574, Sonoma (311,147), Tulare (227,002), San Bernardino (171,258), Riverside (155,209) and Humboldt (140,911).
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 441-4060
FAX: (707) 441-4334
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Subject: POP Serves Search Warrant at Fairfield Residence â€“ One Arrested and 528 Marijuana Plants/Firearm Seized
Contact: Sergeant Steve Watson
â€˘ Front Desk (707) 441-4060
â€˘ POP Office (707) 441-4373
â€˘ Work Cell (707) 601-5464
On 9/30/10, at about 3:00 PM, officers with the Eureka Police Departmentâ€™s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), along with members of the City of Eurekaâ€™s Community Development Department, served a search warrant at a residence on the 2200 block of Fairfield Street, Eureka. The warrant was a result of neighborhood complaints about a possible indoor marijuana grow at the location.
Upon arrival, officers discovered many of the residenceâ€™s windows were boarded up with plywood and a video surveillance system was in place. After receiving no answer at the door, officers forced entry into the home. The resident, Michael Nolan Brown, was not home at the time.
During a search of the residence, officers discovered a large and sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation. Officers subsequently located and seized 528 marijuana plants in various stages of growth (from around 6â€ť to 3â€™ in height) and approximately 3 pounds of processed marijuana. Officers also located a loaded .357 revolver along with scales, packaging materials, and pay/owe ledgers indicating for profit marijuana sales activity.
While officers were still processing the scene, Brown and a female companion arrived home in a pick-up truck and were detained. During an interview with the investigating officers, Brown, who had a Prop 215 medical marijuana recommendation, stated he was growing for a dispensary in San Diego and getting paid for it.
Members of the Community Development Department inspected the grow with officers and determined it was also clearly out of compliance with the Cityâ€™s new Medical Cannabis Ordinance (the grow was over 50 square feet cumulative, its lighting exceeded 1200 watts total, and there were wiring and ventilation issues etc.).
Officials with the Eureka Fire (EFD) and Building Departments were also called to the scene to inspect the residence. Electrical wiring violations were found along with fire hazards from the illegal wiring and boarded up windows. As a result, PG&E responded and the residenceâ€™s meter was pulled. Of note, the residenceâ€™s September 2010 PG&E bill was over $13,000.00.
Brown, 57 (a Texas native), was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and for maintaining a place for purposes of drug sales. His female companion was released at the scene.