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Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

I'm not seeing the real economics of legalization of the pot industry addressed.. Dispensaries and their high prices will no longer exist.. Corporations will have no interest in farming up a dirt road.. Huge commercial grows will be the wave of the future and they will grow excellent pot, perhaps some organic.. Folks who sold their land to big, outside growers will find them gone away to use their money more wisely.. If the owner carried the loan, their monthly payment will suddenly cease and they will be left with property which, though lovely, cannot produce income..Even at $400 a pound, the profit percentages will be extrfemely attractive to corporations.. It will take a few years but the results will mean disaster to the County, to non profits, to businesses and to many residents..

Posted by Benjie on 10/22/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

This sentence really resonated with me;
"And the grossest growers bulldozing for big bucks operate outside of all rules anyway."

As I've said before:
Many believe:
Strong regulations with significant penalties are needed to get the big guys to comply.

The problem is:
Strong regulations with significant penalties squash the little guy before competition can.

The big guy will either pay the fees, risk the fines, change the rules, or pay attorneys to circumvent them.

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Posted by Crystal Oliver on 10/21/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

Make fun of the farmers growing cannabis as long as you can. Soon, the local economies will collapse as the farmers money no longer buys groceries, tires, dinners out, clothing or high property taxes. Welfare rolls will swell as will food stamp use... all because you think it's cool small farmers are driven into bankruptcy.

When your town is a Welfare Town, will you be happy?

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Posted by Fractallated firewood on 10/21/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Up in Smoke

I don't know what you really want. Pot growers benefit from an inflated price by the fact that marijuana has been illegal. I would hope growers and sellers are putting away money and planning on the fact that they operate in a black market with little protection. The same would be true for a self-employed person. They don't get employer insurance or automatic social security deductions but they benefit from setting their own wages and generally making more money. Also, orchards of any type take years to establish while pot farms can operate on an annual basis. Loss of crop effects these industries differently.

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Re: “Five Things To Know Before You Give Someone Your Heart

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Posted by Okpapiami Shrine on 10/20/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Dark of Night Edits to a Sungrown Ordinance

I find this reminiscent of how local bootleggers got together at the end of prohibition to demand of their local representatives protection from "Big Business", which is of course is why we still pay fifty dollars for a six pack of beer and C-note for a quart of distilled spirits....NOT! It is with a mix of glee and pity that a watch the hypocrisy permeating this budding industry. Boo hoo, I won't be able to sell my illicit weed for exuberant prices. Payroll taxes, workmans comp, insurance, WTF!?

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Posted by HONEST ANSWER1 on 10/19/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Dear Shlomo,

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Posted by KP on 10/19/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Stupid is as Stupid Does

FYI, many of history's worst tyrants were "well-read" and "well-traveled". Utter meaningless measurements of intelligence. Except for U.C. Berkeley in the 1960's, America's universities are sanctuaries for the privileged classes.

The current U.S. President is a natural outcome following 40 years of democratic support for "bipartisan" policies divesting from U.S. human resources, services, housing, education, infrastructure, including privatization, job exports, wars for oil, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of financial markets and their subsequent bailouts, again and again...

Homeless Americans are now filling our streets and like the 1930's, a courageous leader will eventually respond as American's suffering, protests and demands gradually become ubiquitous.

Catalysts for successful social change are unpredictable, usually a very slow, painful process.

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Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Carrying Capacity

There is no research supporting Ms. Corbett's assertion. Humboldt County once exported vast quantities of many varieties of grains, more than enough to sustain a high population density.

That's not the problem.

All imperial economies today are dependent upon the slavery of native, Asian, African and South American children and teens assembling our commodities, harvesting natural resources, mining our cobalt, or growing our food. It is not sustainable and all have collapsed before us.

Every measurable environmental, economic and social indicator is in decline, except the Dow Jones, temporarily sustained, like all past imperial economies, by turning imperialism's predatory prowess upon its own citizens with usurious (once illegal) interest rates, unprecedented public divestment in education, social services and infrastructure, and massive tax cuts...with every fearful institution, government, media, academia, and family terrified into silence.

Posted by Gerald Gates on 10/15/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Pity and Fury

Very accurate impressions, imnsho.

Thanks; sometimes I want to tear my hair out from this lack of introspection and imagination from my so-called 'community'.

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Posted by outtathere on 10/13/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Water resources need to be protected as well. I think that restricting water in an industry that is as volatile as this one is might be a very good way to stem the tide of overproduction. It's a much more valuable resource than pot production justifies useage of.

Posted by Carolyn Filby Furman on 10/12/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Market forces will continue to prevail. Thus, the price that buyers are willing to pay will continue its long decline. As a result, the Humboldt County economy will continue to decline and its social and community problems will continue to increase.

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Posted by vkqw4721 on 10/06/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Way. Too. Much. Weed.

Yes, oh the irony!

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Posted by Tall Trees on 10/06/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “The Choices We Make

Oh, by the way, I think you and your staff are doing great at The Journal.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 10/05/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Choices We Make

Excellent editorial, Thadeus. Despite my working in media for many years, until today, I had not heard of Project Censored.

The Project Censored article was well-written and worthy of consideration.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 10/05/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Why?

While I share Sheila Evans' concern about a detailed explanation of making hash oil, I cannot fault Thadeus or The Journal for including it.

For me, as a reader, I now understand how it's made. I probably would have wondered how it's made, had it not been included in the article; however, I doubt that I would have Googled it.

Since I read Sheila's well-meaning comment, which I respect, I Googled how to make hash oil. My results gave me a variety of ways to make it, as well as a YouTube video. Thus, I cannot fault Thadeus.

Furthermore, Thadeus' account of the melting flesh, if I recall correctly, came through in the article as a very stark, painful and tragic reality of what happens when making it goes wrong.

Lastly, Thadeus' article would give any sane person pause before attempting to make cannabis or hash oil on their own.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 09/30/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

John;
I know Monty and don't think that he is against Europeans in particular. He is against the mindset that nature needs to be "tamed". Unfortunately many of the Europeans that came here years ago had that mindset and we now see the results. The natural ecosystems that supported the Native Americans as well as wildlife has been mostly destroyed.

I've read about them to some extent, and the West Coast Native Americans really did largely live in harmony with the natural environment. There were many Native American tribes and their cultures varied considerably. As far as I know the West Coast Native Americans didn't use buffalos.

To say that technologal advancement necessarily means environmental destruction is a cop out. I don't buy it. People can be technologically advanced and at the same time protect the environment. What is needed is for them to care about the environment and about wildlife. If they care about these things they will protect and preserve them.

Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 09/29/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

While I applaud grow local, grow native, I find the eurohate a little ridiculous. I learned in my Environmental Science Class At CR many years ago that every culture impacted their environment to the degree that their technology allowed. Native Americans practiced slash and burn, traded seeds, grew non-native plants, herded buffalo over cliffs.....

Posted by John Nelson on 09/28/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

wimsicle;

I've been working on a website that shows Monty's favorite native foods that can be grown locally. Though the website isn't finished yet, I think it provides the information that you are looking for.

http://pages.suddenlink.net/humboldt_bay_p…

Posted by Jeff Strehlow on 09/26/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Grow Local, Grow Natives

I'd like to know more about indigenous foods and how to begin "bringing them back". Don't have a lot of time for research. Can you help by providing me, first, with a list of maybe 10 foods? Thanks!

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Posted by wimsicle on 09/21/2017 at 10:11 AM

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