News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
Last September the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to use the latest medical marijuana cultivation ordinance draft from the political action group California Cannabis Voice-Humboldt (CCVH) as input as the Sups work through the process of crafting their own countywide ordinance governing outdoor cultivation of grows on parcels of larger than five acres. The complex task of drafting this county ordinance involves insuring that it will be in compliance with existing state and county requirements and is further complicated by a relatively short timeline. The timeline for having an ordinance in place is March 1, 2016 and results from a requirement that unless counties have adopted their own regulations by then they will need to adhere to state regulations.
To begin that process, the Humboldt Board of Supervisors directed the County Council Staff to create a draft ordinance that would be in compliance with state law. This draft has now been completed and is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 5 at 6 pm in the Board of Supervisors' Chamber, 825 Fifth Street, Eureka, California. After that review, the draft will be sent back to the Supervisors for review and adoption. Public input will be taken as the proposed ordinance goes through the process.
Use the link below to read and/or downloaded the recently released draft.
Click here for a pdf copy of the draft ordinance.
UPDATE - audio added: Audio from the well-attended forum appears below.
Use the player above the hear audio from the forum and the SoundCloud player below to hear more background on the Blue Ribbon Commission in a report by Terri Klemetson, aired on the KMUD News Friday May 29, 2015.
The original post with additional information apprears below:
A special public policy forum to discuss the unique public policy challenges related to marijuana legalization affecting Californiaâ€™s North Coast will be held in Garberville this Friday, May 29 at the Redwood Playhouse in the College of the Redwoods Building at 286 Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville. Congressman Jared Huffman and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will participate in the forum which will run from 1-2:30 pm.
Information will be presented from the document titled: "PROGRESS REPORT-Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy" Click here to read or download a pdf version of that document. A media advisory, received by KMUD News, describes the Blue Ribbon Commission as follows: "The Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Newsom and formed in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California, aims to inform voters and policymakers on the key challenges related to marijuana legalization in California, in anticipation of a likely 2016 ballot initiative."
KMUD will do a live broadcast of the forum and archive the program at kmud.org.
Feedback from policymakers, researchers and the public on the issues raised in this Progress Report, as well as on other issues related to the taxation, regulation and legalization of marijuana in California, is welcomed. The Progress Report suggests the following as guidelines for feedback:
1. Are there points raised in this report with which you disagree? If so, why? Please do share information, reports, or analysis that helps you form your view on that issue.
2. What particular solutions or approaches do you recommend policymakers pursue in the areas described in the Progress Report?
3. Are there particular topics raised in the Progress Report about which you would like to see the BRC provide further information and analysis?
4. Are there other issues that are not addressed in this Progress Report that you believe the BRC or policymakers should consider?
Anticipating the legalization of Cannabis in California, activists are launching a ballot initiative to form a Marijuana Policy Commission in Mendocino County. A recently formed group, the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council (MCPC), is sponsoring the initiative, which they hope to see on the November 2015 county ballot.
Use the player below to hear a report on this story, submitted by Kate Maxwell. The report aired on the KMUD Local News on Wed., May 20, 2015.
Update- New audio added. A KMUD News report covering the May 7th NCRWQCB Workshop, an extended report on the workshop, aired by Kerry Reynolds on Cannabis Consciousness News, May 14, and a half-hour interview with Matt St. John, which aired on KMUD's Monday Morning Magazine, is now found on this page below.
According to a KMUD News interview with Matt St. John, Executive Officer for the California State North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB), the draft Order and Mitigated Negative Declaration requirements for Cannabis Farmers has been released for a 45 day public review and comment period. This comment period ends June 8. Click here to view or download the draft. Links to additional information, including the "Notice of Intent Form" and "Best Management Practices", can be found on the NCRWQCB website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/public_notices/#grass
Questions regarding the workshop or the draft Order and Mitigated Negative Declaration should be directed to Diana Henrioulle, by phone at 707-576-2542 or email at Diana.Henrioulle(at)waterboards.ca.gov, or Connor McIntee by phone at 707-576-2708 or email at Connor.McInte(at)waterboards.ca.gov. Note, in using these e-mail addresses, replace (at) with @.
The interview with Matt St. John, recorded by Kerry Reynolds and aired on KMUD News Friday, April 25, 2015, can be heard using the player below.
KMUD's Kerry Reynolds attended the May 7th Workshop and filed this report, which was broadcast on the KMUD Local News on Mon., May 11.
Using the player below, listen to, or down load audio from, this special edition of Cannabis Consciousness News, with Kerry Reynolds, featuring extended audio highlights from the May 7th North Coast Water Board meeting in Eureka, CA.
On Mon., May 11, hosts, Eric Kirk and Bob Froehlich, interviewed Matt St. John, Executive Officer for the California State North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, on KMUD's Monday Morning Magazine program, about the new draft order. Use the player below to hear or download this segment.