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.