News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
Update Dec. 3, 2014: Click here for a copy of the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt 5th draft of the proposed ordinance to regulate cannabis production in Humboldt County.
An newly updated version (2014-NovDraftOrdRev4a) of the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance was made available to KMUD on November 18, 2014 by the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH).
KMUD has posted the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (2014-NovDraftOrdRev4a). Also available for download are notes from the November 10, 2014 meeting in Blue Lake, taken by facilitator, Dr. Deborah Pruitt, as well as a proposed Timeline for Land Use Ordinance Development and Roll-Out.
CCVH states: California Cannabis Voice Humboldt is working to pass a cannabis land use ordinance for Humboldt County which would provide a path to legitimacy for Humboldt County Cannabis Farmers. CCVH fights to preserve the ideals of the small family cannabis farm as California presses toward legalization in 2016.
KMUD's Kerry Reynolds reported on this issue during the KMUD News of Wednesday, November 12. Listen to the story here. More audio from the meeting below.
Approximately 100 people attended a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6th at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel's Sapphire Palace to discuss a comprehensive cannabis ordinance for Humboldt County. The meeting, organized by California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH), included three panels of delegates from the 35-member stakeholder group that held an initial summit meeting in early October.
Audio from each of the panels can be heard and/or downloaded using the players below. Audio, panel descriptions, and panel photo provided by KMUD Correspondent Kerry Reynolds.
Panel 1 - "What Is CCVH?" On this panel, members talk about how they became involved with CCVH, a registered Political Action Committee, and the CCVH goals for Humboldt County.
Panelists: Shannon Hughes, CCVH Willow Creek Leadership Team; Patrick Murphy, CCVH Willow Creek Outreach Coordinator; Richard Marks, CCVH Community Organizer; Luke Bruner, CCVH Signatory and Treasurer; Jason Beaver, CCVH Development Director; and Thomas Edrington, CCVH Outreach Director
Panel 2- "Sustainability: 2016 and Beyond" This panel begins by discussing how cannabis farmers, businesses, and collectives can file taxes. They also talk about how the ordinance will require farmers to demonstrate that they have sufficient and legal water for their farming needs. Also included, is a briefing by an audience member on efforts towards bringing to Southern Humboldt the excess water from Mad River that was previously used for a pulp mill.
Panelists: Jonathan Gilbert, Indoor Cultivator and Arcata Cannabis Delegate; Karyn Wagner, Teahouse Collective Cofounder and Cannabusiness Delegate; Matt Owen, Financial Delegate; Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Dr. Ken Miller, Medical Delegate; Roy Gomez, A Fertile World owner and Cannabusiness delegate.
Panel 3 - "Land Use, Permitting, and You" In this Panel, Patrick Murphy describes his efforts to become fully permitted and compliant with the county, and Steve Lazar and Praj White discuss pathways to compliance for permitting. The issue of shaded parcels was also raised. In addition, many of the panelists talk about how the ordinance will treat cannabis as an agricultural commodity and will work to make the county cannabis program as accessible as possible for small cannabis farmers.
Panelists: Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Praj White, Manhard Consulting and Cannabusiness Delegate; Luke Bruner, CCVH Treasurer; Andre Carey, Cannabusiness Delegate; Patrick Murphy, CCVH Willow Creek Outreach Coordinator; Steve Lazar, Humboldt Planning and Building Department; Shannon Hughes, CCVH Willow Creek Leadership Team
The photo below shows the panelists from the panel on sustainability - From left to right: Jonathon Gilbert, Indoor Cultivator/Arcata Cannabis Delegate; Karyn Wagner, Teahouse Collective/Cannabusiness Delegate; Matt Owen, Financial Delegate; Roy Gomez, A Fertile World/Cannabusiness Delegate; Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Dr. Ken Miller, Medical Delegate.
Drought in California and looming state legalization of marijuana brought relevancy to the "Environmental Cannabis Forum" held Sat., March 8, 2014 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. About 30 people attended the event, which was organized by Attorney Kathleen Bryson and featured six speakers. The speakers included Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup; Tony Silvaggio, Environmental Sociologist at Humboldt State University; Gary Graham Hughes, Director of Environmental Protection and Information Center (EPIC); Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor; Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County reporter specializing in marijuana issues - writes for Lost Coast Outpost and the blog Redheaded Blackbelt.
KMUD News Correspondent, Kerry Reynolds, covered the event and provided the full audio which can be heard using the players below. Reynolds does a weekly "Cannabis Report" that airs on the Fri. edition of KMUD Local News. Forum Photo below provided by Julia Minton.
In the audio below, Forum Organizer, Kathleen Bryson introduces the forum and each panelist introduces themselves.
Remarks from Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup
Humboldt State University Environmental Sociologist, Tony Silvaggio, presents a slideshow, titled "The Ecology, Culture and Economy of Marijuana Agriculture in the Emerald Triangle" with conclusions based on hundreds of interviews with law enforcement, growers, and others.
A brief Q&A is followed by a presentation by Gary Graham Hughes, Executive Director of EPIC (Environmental Protection and Information Center).
Speaker Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor:
Presentations by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County Reporter specializing in marijuana issues:
On March 5, 2013 county staff presented, to the Humboldt County Board of supervisors, a draft for a proposed county ordinance that would regulate the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana. Click here for the KMUD News web post on that meeting and here for a pdf version of the March 5 draft document. After hearing the presentation, the Board recommended public input be solicited on the draft proposal, and that was done in April by holding several public meetings.
The input from those meetings was reported back to the BOS on May 7, and at that time the Board voted to refer the proposal back to the Medical Marijuana Subcommittee to be reviewed and revised in two separate parts: Neighborhood Impacts and Environmental Impacts. The subcommittee worked with staff to develop a draft that would, "...curtail the neighborhood-level impacts of outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana.", according to a report delivered to the BOS on Tues., Oct. 22, 2013, by County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes. The resulting draft proposal titled, Update on Potential Ordinance Regulating Neighborhood Impacts of Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation futher states that, "The Subcommittee selected an approach of amending the County's zoning ordinance to define outdoor cultivation as a nuisance on small properties unless specified requirements are met." Click here for the Update Document.
Use the player below to hear a report on the Tues. BOS meeting submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired on KMUD Local News on Wed., Oct. 23, 2013.
Click on the Video Player below to hear the Smith-Hanes Presentation to the Board.
A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff''s Office describes three investigations conducted this week which netted a total of 16,370 growing marijuana plants, large quantities of fertilizer and 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait, as well as other toxic substances. The sites were located in Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge-Willow Creek, the Supply Creek Watershed on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, and in Le-Terron Flat, Orleans.
Agents also found a recently deceased Fisher at one of the sites. Fishers are presently under review by the State and Federal agencies as candidates for listing as endangered species. Investigators will conduct a necropsy on the fisher to determine the cause of death. The complete press release appears below.
Use the player below to hear more on this story in a piece aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News Thurs., Aug. 1, 2013.
HCSO press release, dated 08-01-2013:
On 07-29-2013, at approximately 7:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputies, United States Forest Service (U.S.F.S.) Agents , Hoopa Valley Tribal Police ( H.V.T.P.) Officers and the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team (C.E.R.T.) conducted an open field investigation and eradication of a large marijuana cultivation site below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge, Willow Creek. Three civilian scientific researchers with a background in wildlife, toxicology and ecology were with the officers when they entered the marijuana site. The officers eradicated 7521 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 4â€™ tall to 6â€™ tall. All the marijuana was being cultivated on United States Forest Service Land. While conducting the investigation the researchers and deputies located the following:
â€˘ 1230 lbs. dry fertilizer
â€˘ 28 lbs. liquid concentrated fertilizer
â€˘ 14 lbs. 2nd generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait
o enough to kill 2,246 woodrats or gray squirrels
o OR 12 fishers
o OR at least 4 spotted owls
â€˘ 32 oz. Carbaryl insecticide
â€˘ 32 oz. Carbofuran (banned chemical in United States due to its toxicity to people and wildlife)
o a 1/4 to 1/8 teaspoon is enough to kill a 300-400 black bear.
Deputies also located fresh hot dogs strung from a tree on treble fish hooks, along with two dead deer carcasses and a bird, a Hermit thrush. Officers also witnessed environmental damage to the watershed.
On 07-31-2013, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies, USFS Agents, H.V.T.P. Officers and C.E.R.T. Officers conducted a marijuana investigation and eradication at another cultivation site located in the Supply Creek Watershed on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. The three researchers again accompanied the officers. The officers located and eradicated 8,473 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3â€™ to 6â€™ tall. Agents also found a recently deceased Fisher in the garden site. Fishers are currently under review by the State and Federal Government to be listed as an endangered species. The officers and researchers again found environmental damage to the area. The researchers took custody of the deceased Fisher and intend to conduct a necropsy on it to determine the exact cause of death. There was no obvious signs as to what killed it.
On 8-1-2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m. the same team listed above with the researchers went to a third marijuana cultivation site located at Le-Terron Flat, Orleans , which is USFS property. The officers located and eradicated 376 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 3â€™ to 4â€™ tall.
A total of 1942 lbs of dry fertilizer, 58 lbs of liquid concentrate fertilizer, 17 pounds of second generation anticoagulant rodenticide bait were removed in total from the three sites. The rodenticide by itself had the potential to kill 2,753 wood rats, 14 fishers and 5 spotted owls per the researchers. Many of these toxicants were near creeks.
The investigation into those responsible for these marijuana grows is continuing.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.