last year, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey has long been asking the federal government for help tracking down and arresting marijuana growers, and now he's gonna get it. Today the White House announced
that Humboldt County has been lumped into the Northern California "High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area," or HIDTA. What does that mean? More money, resources and cooperation from federal law enforcement — which, as the SF Weekly correctly points out
, likely means tighter price controls and bigger profits on that bud, yo!
But it could also mean a crackdown on the environmentally disastrous
outdoor mega-grows that have proliferated to unprecedented numbers
in recent years.
So what do you think, Humboldt County? Is this good news or bad?