News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
On 4/26/11, at about 2:20 PM, Detectives with the Eureka Police Departmentâ€™s 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.Â Detectives contacted the primary resident and another male outside.Â While speaking with the subjects, detectives smelled a strong odor of growing marijuana emanating from a detached second residence located behind the main house.Â Upon further investigation, Detectives discovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation inside the two-story structure (a converted garage and apartments).Â The grow had recently been harvested and approximately 150-200 plants were found hanging in a drying room.Â An additional 258 growing marijuana plants in pots were found inside a second upstairs nursery.Â These plants were in various stages of growth ranging from small clones to mature budding plants. Â
Officials with the City of Eurekaâ€™s Community Development and Building Departments responded to the scene.Â Numerous building code and electrical violations were found.Â Additionally, the grow was determined to be far outside the provisions of Eurekaâ€™s Medical Cannabis Ordinance.Â Detectives also uncovered evidence the grow was intended for commercial use (for profit) and may involve several individuals.Â Residents were only able to produce a single expired medical marijuana recommendation (the primary suspect is also unemployed).Â 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. Â
The investigation is continuing and an illegal marijuana cultivation case (felony) is expected to be submitted to the District Attorneyâ€™s Office for review for prosecution.Â
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.