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Re: “Growing Pains

Interesting that the late filers lucked out of the list..

Posted by Benjie on 08/24/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

Consider alcohol regulations, which require public notices on storefronts and additional notice to neighbors for on- and off-site sale applications. The argument that some growers may be placed at risk is countered by the equally compelling argument that non-growers have a right to know about commercial operations in their neighborhoods that may impact them very directly. As a recovering journalist, I'll come down on the side of the public's right to know every time.

If people are serious about wanting to come into the light ... well, guess what: Public records are public for assorted good reasons. Business licenses, CUP applications, court filings, delinquent taxes, irate emails to board members and/or county staff ... all very much public record, as will be your state licensing status. Commercial cannabis licensing and personal privacy rights are mutually exclusive concepts. You can choose one or the other, but not both.

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Posted by Bud Green on 08/18/2016 at 11:12 PM


Love Laura and her sense of humor. Sometimes humor is the path. We all just gave a huge sigh of relief to see her caption read "Relax; it's photoshop."

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Posted by Tall Trees on 08/06/2016 at 12:30 PM


Welcome to our future! They are going to need a lot more fight! In case ya haven't noticed, our whole county is voluntarily being sold out and bought up by big city interests/"investors" and pot growers. They don't give a damn for preserving our beautiful and Quiet rural way of life. They are nasty greedy outsiders coming here to make money, in the process will destroy everything until it looks like any other big city full of concrete and asphalt.

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Posted by Comizr8r on 08/04/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Insert Sensationalist Weed-related Headline Here

I'm so old that I remember when a front page marijuana leaf sold papers like crazy..!!!!!!

Posted by Benjie on 08/01/2016 at 10:38 PM

Re: “The Naked Truth

A botanical


A planteceutical

Posted by Jgodfrey Stromski Fischer on 07/31/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

I support the use of the term cannabis rather than marijuana. "marijuana" has long had a stigma to it whereas "cannabis" is the term that is used in recent medical and scientific literature. Much of the battle to allow adult recreational and "all" medicinal use of this plant is against the irrational hype based in racial animosity towards hispanics and blacks back in the early 20th century. We don't need to perpetuate this unscientific and racist stigma... especially for people who don't take the time to educate themselves on the value of this amazing plant. It isn't a question of white washing. It's a question of neutralizing the conversation to "just the facts" rather than having it based on irrational fear of the unknown and belief in the lies that the government has put forth (at the same time as they get a patent for the medicinal value it has - Patent US 6630507 issued 2004 - TWELVE YEARS AGO). Guess they wanted to get there first.

Posted by Saroj Gilbert on 07/01/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Big Brands

Not surprising in the least. Bill Gates is a longtime legalization advocate. Microsoft money has gone to organizations such as NORML, Seattle Hempfest, Initiative 502 (WA state weed legalization), as well as funding the construction and maintenance of the Seattle Public Library.

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 06/24/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Worldly Weed

I once heard the English language described as being "organic and hospitable." Works for me.

Posted by Barry Jeffers1 on 06/21/2016 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Worldly Weed

i disagree with your last idea. ive always used the word marijuana. learned much later about hearst. he doesnt deserve immortality. let his name mean nothing.

Posted by Lexiconned on 06/17/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article linda, I guess I am a word nerd, I love words and their home stories!

Posted by Jessie Wheeler on 06/16/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article.
Ms Stansberry is a terrific journalist.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 06/16/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Racism is institutional and not a skin deep issue. If eliminating a few words begins a dialogue or gets America to look in the mirror, great. Should marijuana be the 'M-word'? Yeah that would solve a lot of problems, just like the 'N-word' did.

Posted by Wister Haines on 06/13/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Russ Belville, I believe that sinsemilla (Spanish "seedless") originally referred to leaves and bud from the sort of high-potency, hybridized female plants that Humboldt County is so well known for. I have not heard the term in decades, probably owing to the fact that all weed seems to be sinsemilla nowadays, so it has become redundant. I agree that "cannabis" sounds unnaturally clinical in comparison with "weed."

Posted by Joel Mielke on 06/10/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Another reason for "marijuana" - it's more accurate. "Marijuana" is the dried, flowering tops of female cannabis prepared for smoking. Usually, it is "sinsemilla", if we want to be more accurate. When people tell me they "smoke cannabis", I ask them if they "eat cow and drink ethanol" and say, what's the name of your canis lupus familiaris?

You're absolutely right about it being a whitewash. It's people who feel shame and stigma of being "marijuana" users who feel the need to figleaf themselves with "cannabis".

Unless you're in Europe or Australia. Then go ahead and call it "cannabis".

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Posted by Russ Belville on 06/09/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

legalize, regulate and TAX? nonono...

decriminalize, educate and EVOLVE!

free the weed!

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Posted by sorry, ben james yokel, but... on 06/09/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

legalize, regulate and tax? nonono....decriminalize, educate and EVOLVE! free the weed!

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Posted by i was with you up to... on 06/09/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

good read, i agree. fyi marijuana prohibition has a lot more to do with keeping everybody down, physically and mentally, not just certain races. i always and only say marijuana when refering to marijuana. it just sounds fu nny, and has never, not even minutely, been a derogatory term of any kind in my life. or, of any kind...bud! we cant let this word go, and if it becomes taboo, i will own it like the B's own the N and the G's own the F.

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Posted by marijuana marijuana marijuana marijuana on 06/09/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

The slang term “marijuana” enjoys a secure place in the American lexicon but throughout the 19th century, Americans used the name “cannabis” when referring to the plant. Pharmaceutical companies including Bristol-Myers Squib and Eli Lilly used cannabis in medicines – widely sold in U.S. pharmacies – to treat insomnia, migraines, pain, glaucoma, and rheumatism. Between 1840 and 1900, U.S. scientific journals published hundreds of articles touting the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

The Mexican Revolution culminated in 1910. Following the upheaval of the war, scores of Mexican peasants migrated to U.S. border states, bringing with them cannabis, their popular form of intoxication, what they termed “mariguana.”

In an effort to marginalize the new Mexican migrant population who were known to use cannabis, the first anti-cannabis laws were targeted at the term “marijuana." Scholars say it’s no coincidence that the first U.S. cities to outlaw pot were located in border states. It is widely believed that El Paso, Texas, was the first U.S. city to ban cannabis, when it approved a measure in 1914 prohibiting the sale or possession of the drug.

The US Government has been lying to the people about cannabis ever since! Not a single overdose death from cannabis in all medical history! Tobacco, booze and big pharma kill over 650,000 US Citizens per year. The truth about cannabis is OUT and the feds will never again be able to put it back in the closet.

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

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Posted by Ben James Yokel on 06/09/2016 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Bye, Bye Night Sky

Who was it that stood by and let this situation develop? Who has been cashing the cannabis check for years while turning a blind eye to the resulting damage in the community and the environment? The growers have been allowed to break all the rules with no consequences, yet I'm supposed to feel sorry that not all is well in paradise. Great example: my friend's house burnt down two weeks ago and he can't get a building permit to construct a new house from the asshats who run the so-called planning department, yet illegal grading, unsustainable water diversions, and unpermitted 10,000 square foot greenhouses are a-okay. The only thing that is happening here is that southern Humboldt's collective karma is catching up with it and the community is being destroyed by the very industry that it created. You made your bed - now lie in it.

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Posted by Roundup on 06/07/2016 at 8:44 AM

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