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Monday, November 5, 2018

After Heated Meeting, Planning Commission Sends Zoning Changes to Supes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Things got heated in Supervisors Chambers at the courthouse during the Nov. 1 Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting. - FILE
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  • Things got heated in Supervisors Chambers at the courthouse during the Nov. 1 Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting.
For the second time this year, Mercer-Fraser Co., a well-known road construction company, aroused public alarm via a requested zoning change that some fear could endanger the drinking water of more than half of Humboldt County's population.

The company owns a parcel of land next to the Mad River intake wells of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, which sells drinking water to 88,000 customers. Mercer-Fraser came to the forefront of public awareness in January when it requested a change in zoning from Agricultural-General to Heavy Industrial and applied for a permit to operate a cannabis extraction business on the site, which would have placed dangerous chemicals in close proximity to the intake wells. After furious public controversy — and the threat of a lawsuit — Mercer-Fraser withdrew the request for the permit. However, apparently the accompanying request for a zoning change to industrial use remained on the table (Mercer-Fraser CEO Justin Zabel told the Times-Standard that plans for the cannabis extraction facility on the site are “off the table.”)

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Monday, October 29, 2018

'Come into Compliance,' Says State Water Board

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM

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On Oct. 5, 174 notices of violation from the State Water Resources Control Board were sent out by certified mail to residents of the Salmon Creek watershed in Southern Humboldt. Over the next week, the thick stacks of letters dwindled as worried neighbors signed and took home their notices.

The letters stated that a property owned by the recipient was a “recent, or active cannabis cultivation site.” The recipient was told that before cultivation they are required to obtain several types of “cannabis regulatory coverage.”

Several of the recipients told Redheaded Blackbelt that they received the letters in error – some of those include ranchers whose neighbors were growing close to their property line, people with hoop houses for vegetable starts and those in the permit process already.

Robert Cervantes, senior engineer for the State Water Resources Control Board, and Taro Murano, a supervisor with the agency, are hoping they can help those who received the letter either come into compliance or show that they were never out of compliance.

Those who received the notice sent on Oct. 5 only have until Nov. 5 to make what Cervantes called “a good faith effort” to get their issues resolved.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Eureka Council to Consider Allowing Cannabis Use Establishments

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 12:59 PM

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The Eureka City Council is set to consider today whether to allow the consumption of cannabis products — with the possibilities ranging from ointments and edibles to vaping and smoking, or all of the above — at certain establishments in order to provide tourists and others a space to legally imbibe.

If approved, Eureka would be the first city in Humboldt County to move away from the take-out-only approach for cannabis, which became legal for adult recreation use in January. The council will also consider lifting restrictions on signs for cannabis-related businesses.

“The proposed changes to the Eureka Municipal Code will conditionally allow on-site consumption in certain zone districts,” the staff report states. “While this amendment will allow on-site consumption, the existing request for proposal process and the conditional use permit process for cannabis retail facilities will remain in place, allowing for control of what type(s) of on-site consumption, if any, are appropriate for each individual location.”


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Monday, August 6, 2018

Cannabis Lounges, Lane Changes to H and I on Eureka Council Agenda

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 10:07 AM

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The Eureka City Council will consider Tuesday giving direction on potential regulations for onsite cannabis consumption as well as alterations to H and I streets to make the thoroughfares more bike and pedestrian friendly.

A staff report asks the council to look at framework options for establishments that could allow the consumption of cannabis in its many forms, noting that the retail market is growing in the city following the legalization of recreational marijuana this year, but state regulations greatly restrict where the products can be used.

“For instance, cannabis cannot be legally consumed in vehicles, in public places, or most hotel rooms. Primarily, cannabis can only be consumed within a person’s private residence,” the report states. “Accordingly, tourists passing through Eureka would have great difficulty in securing a legal place to consume cannabis after making a purchase at a Eureka-based Cannabis retail facility. The most likely solution is ‘on-site cannabis consumption lounges.’”

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Records Missing for at Least 800 Pounds of Marijuana Seized by Rohnert Park Police

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 3:42 PM

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Documentation for the destruction of about 800 pounds of marijuana seized by Rohnert Park public safety officers in recent years is missing from court files, KQED has found, despite the officers writing in police reports that the court ordered the evidence destroyed.

Rohnert Park has released 40 police reports involving traffic stops by former police Sgt. Jacy Tatum and his partners Matthew Snodgrass and Joseph Huffaker in response to a public records request. KQED requested the reports after nine drivers came forward with accounts of questionable stops and seizures along Highway 101 involving Rohnert Park police officers. The city plans to release more incident reports on a rolling basis.

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Jacy Tatum no longer works for the city of Rohnert Park, Assistant City Manager Don Schwartz said on June 22. Huffaker still works for the city.

The incident reports show that Tatum and his partners were responsible for seizing hundreds of pounds of marijuana during the traffic stops. The city awarded Tatum for this work in 2015. Police and court records indicate he was given a wide latitude to conduct drug and cash seizures with little oversight.

For example, on Halloween in 2016, Tatum and Huffaker made a standard stop, pulling over a man from Woodland Hills for not having his headlights on in the rain. Huffaker wrote in the report that he smelled marijuana and then searched the vehicle.

“Inside the trunk were four large black garbage bags. Each bag was filled with one pound bags of processed marijuana. There was also approximately 17 lbs of processed marijuana in one pound bags loose in the trunk,” Huffaker wrote in the report. Tatum and Huffaker seized a total of 100 pounds of marijuana in that stop.


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Child Welfare Call Leads to Bayside Hash Lab

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 10:28 AM

A child welfare call led to the discovery of a hash lab in Bayside. - HCSO
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  • A child welfare call led to the discovery of a hash lab in Bayside.
A call for a child welfare check led to the discovery of a butane hash lab operating in a Bayside home where 800 pounds of marijuana trim and bud were discovered along with 69 pounds of hash oil, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

After deputies arrived at the home on the 1400 block of Splinter Lane, they observed a man standing in front of an open garage door before he fled into a nearby wooded area.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Canada Legalizes Cannabis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 7:29 PM

Canadians celebrate Cannabis Day in 2014. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Canadians celebrate Cannabis Day in 2014.
With a historic Senate vote today, Canada has legalized recreational marijuana use, becoming the world's largest nation to do so.

Today's vote means the legalization bill is headed to the governor-general, Queen Elizabeth's representative, for approval, which is widely considered a mere formality.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's initial goal had been to have legal recreational sales ready to roll out July 1, that has proven overly optimistic and local governments will now need up to three months to prepare retail systems and regulations. Under the new law, the federal government will set some overarching rules but Canadian provinces will have a lot of discretion in determining whether the cannabis will be sold by government shops or private sector retailers, whether the minimum age for purchase will be 18 or 19, and how it is grown.

The New York Times has a full rundown on today's vote and what it means.
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

'Highway Robbery': Drivers Allege Rohnert Park Police Illegally Seized Cannabis, Cash

Posted By on Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 8:40 AM

U.S. Highway 101 near Cloverdale - ADAM GROSSBERG
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  • U.S. Highway 101 near Cloverdale
This story was reported in collaboration with the North Coast Journal and independent reporter Kym Kemp.

Huedell Freeman was heading south on Highway 101 through Cloverdale and was just over the Sonoma County line when he said a police squad car flipped a U-Turn across a 25-foot grass median and pulled up behind him with lights flashing.

Freeman said he was carrying 47 pounds of marijuana in his rental car that day, Dec. 29, 2016, but said he wasn’t too worried about the weed because he had a permit to grow medical cannabis in Mendocino County. He was driving it down to his client, a licensed dispensary called The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks, near Los Angeles. And, he said, he had the paperwork to prove it.

It struck Freeman as odd, though, that the two police officers pulling him over weren’t from Cloverdale. They were from Rohnert Park, some 40 miles south on 101. Freeman said he’d been obeying the traffic laws, and the cruise control on the car was set at the speed limit. He expected the traffic stop to end quickly.

He didn’t expect to lose a year’s worth of income.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Trump 'Probably' Will Support State Choice on Cannabis

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Trump is, once again, turning over a new leaf on legal marijuana. - FILE
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  • Trump is, once again, turning over a new leaf on legal marijuana.
President Donald Trump is once again breaking with his embattled Attorney General and infamous cannaphobe Jeff Sessions, telling reporters today that he “will probably end up supporting” a bipartisan bill that frees states to make their own decisions on marijuana.

Several news agencies — including The Denver Post, Politico and The Hill — are reporting on his comments made during a 20-minute session with the press pool at the White House.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Huffman Visits Cannabis Farm, Hears About Concerns

Posted By on Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Robert May explains to the Congressman some of the issues that cannabis farmers are facing. - KYM KEMP
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  • Robert May explains to the Congressman some of the issues that cannabis farmers are facing.

Editor's note: This story first appeared on www.kymkemp.com and is reposted here with permission.

With pot prices plummeting, it can sometimes feel as if Humboldt’s economic sky is falling. But on a federal level, the interest in easing restrictions on ganja is growing. North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman visited a smaller-sized cannabis farm Friday in what might indicate an interest on his part to join some senators pushing decriminalization.

According to a 2014 Mother Jones article, Huffman said our district grows 60 percent of the marijuana produced in America, so a national policy change could have a dramatic effect on the area.

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