Marijuana

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

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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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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cannabis-Related Lights Polluting SoHum Skies

Posted By on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 4:37 PM

A greenhouse glowing in Southern Humboldt in late April.
  • A greenhouse glowing in Southern Humboldt in late April.

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

Once again spring brings light to the hills of the Emerald Counties — large industrial lights that flood valleys, glow into neighbors’ windows and possibly confuse wildlife, disrupting natural cycles. Rural communities complain that greenhouses constructed specifically for growing marijuana bring unwanted light into rural areas usually only lit by the stars, the moon and an occasional pinpoint of light from a distant cabin.

Concerns about the lights vary. Many rural residents are worried about environmental issues, ranging from the light creating problems for animals that are nocturnal hunters to the it impacting the night skies, making it more difficult to view the stars. Others are concerned about lights shining in their homes and the generators that power them disturbing quiet neighborhoods.

Many greenhouses lighting up the night in Southern Humboldt this month.
  • Many greenhouses lighting up the night in Southern Humboldt this month.
According to Kyle Keegan, a local resident who has studied the issue, “[A]n increasing body of scientific knowledge tells us that altering the day/night cycles of environments can have a profound effect on the physiology of human and nonhuman species, as well as ecological systems.”

Keegan said, “The whole phenomenon of light pollution was not taken seriously until the last decade.” But, he said, scientist have become increasingly concerned as they’ve looked into the situation.

Keegan particularly worries that the large number of greenhouses lighting up the dark will affect nighttime pollinators, such as moths. He worries that the glow will attract moths and other insects. “If they are out there chasing that light, they are not being pollinators,” Keegan explained. This can disrupt natural processes and possibly change our local ecology.

Keegan says the number of uncovered greenhouses appears to have slightly decreased in his neighborhood this year. However, in March 2013, as the following light map shows, there were few lights showing beyond those found in towns.

Light map from March 2013 for Southern Humboldt. - LIGHTPOLLUTIONMAP.INFO
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  • Light map from March 2013 for Southern Humboldt.

By last year, light pollution had exploded.

Light map from March 2017 for Southern Humboldt. - LIGHTPOLLUTIONMAP.INFO
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  • Light map from March 2017 for Southern Humboldt.

One side effect of the uncovered greenhouse lights is that they are frequently confused with wildfires. Firefighters, most of them volunteers, are then roused from their beds and sent chasing the false fires wasting their time and their resources.

When low-flying fog hangs over a greenhouse, water droplets amplify the light. This can look like wildfire to observers and even trigger calls to bring firefighters and inmate crews. - SUBMITTED
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  • When low-flying fog hangs over a greenhouse, water droplets amplify the light. This can look like wildfire to observers and even trigger calls to bring firefighters and inmate crews.

Possibly of the most importance to the actual grower is that having a light source provides a beacon to the greenhouse and the light itself is illegal. According to Humboldt County regulations, “Cultivators using artificial lighting for mixed-light cultivation shall shield greenhouses so that little to no light escapes. Light shall not escape at a level that is visible from neighboring properties between sunset and sunrise.”

According to a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Planning Department, “The Planning and Building Department line is the best contact for light complaints…”

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Many, if not most, greenhouse owners cover their lights but, the glow from the ones who don’t continues to frustrate rural neighborhoods.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SoHum Pot Raid: $3 Million Seized, 8.5K Plants Destroyed

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 4:18 PM

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A joint operation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at four Southern Humboldt locations last week resulted in the eradication of nearly 8,500 plants, the destruction of about 1,500 pounds of processed pot and the seizure of more than $3 million in cash.

According to a news release, the agencies issued citations for more than 50 environmental violations, including streambed alteration, illegal water diversion and water pollution that impacted watersheds critical to three federally listed salmonid species. Pending criminal charges include illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiring to commit a crime.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Supes Pass Cannabis Ordinance 2.0

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 4:46 PM

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After hours of discussion, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to pass its new commercial cannabis land use ordinance.

The ordinance got four “yes” votes but Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson didn’t support it, though it’s unclear if he voted against it or abstained. (It seemed like he said he abstained from the vote, but board Chair Ryan Sundberg announced the vote as “4-1.”) In any event, the new ordinance is aimed at bringing county regulations in-line with statewide rules, mitigating some unintended consequences of the county’s old ordinance and, potentially, giving local farmers an opportunity to capitalize on canna-tourism.

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