Thursday, November 14, 2013

Humboldt County is About to See More Feds Hunting Marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
As  we  reported 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?
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Ryan Burns worked for the Journal from 2008 to 2013, covering a diverse mix of North Coast subjects, from education, politics and marijuana to human suspension, sex parties and amateur fight contests. He won awards for investigative reporting, feature stories and news coverage.

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