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Why We Sued 


Editor:

Humboldt County should comply with environmental law like everyone else, which is why HuMMAP is suing over the marijuana ordinance ("The Week in Weed," March 3). But we are told Humboldt County will make no serious effort to settle our lawsuit because it believes we have no money. This is the arrogance of having taxpayer money to waste.

Our requests are simple. We want a healthy environment to go along with this new industry. We are environmentally friendly growers, so why shouldn't they work with us? I will guess none of the supervisors have even read the staff's environmental document (MND) carefully. No one who did so could in good conscience vote for it.

That environmental document was written for the October Planning Commission version of the ordinance. The ordinance changed greatly after that, but the environmental document was never revised. It therefore has huge errors. And the stuck-on addendum was not available in time. This illegal sloppiness enables gross opportunities for continuing environmental trashing. We want restraint. Fire-causing generator grows and the rubber-stamped large grows need to be put on hold pending more careful review.

Our request does not stop the program unless we have to go to court. But many folks are already waiting. Trinity County supervisors have slowed their ordinance, waiting to see what happens here.

The hope we will drop away is likely to be very costly. Are the folks who grew 86,500 plants at Island Mountain going to bail out the taxpayers? Don't count on it.

— Robert Sutherland, Ettersburg


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