Fred Krissman 
Member since May 23, 2015

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Re: “As Cannabis Markets Lurch, Some Humboldt Towns Are Rising, Others Falling

This very interesting article is marred by an obvious and likely inadvertent error at the onset... Quote: "Silverstein, one of more than 20 people who attended the Feb. 13 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting to protest cannabis fees and taxes..." As I'm sure Ms Stansberry can attest if she was in attendance, more than 20 people delivered oral testimony at this BOS meeting. However, I would guesstimate that at least triple that number were concerned enough to attend the meeting! The implication is that interest in the issue of cannabis fees/taxes was much higher than a reader of this story might apprehend.

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 03/18/2018 at 11:07 PM

Re: “As Acreage Cap Lawsuit Plods On, the Stakes Grow

How important is a 1 acre cap on cannabis cultivators? A handful of corporate entities in the Salinas Valley and Sta Barbara County alone have amassed enough acreage through stacking permits to flood the entire legal in-state legal cannabis market with product! This would relegate Humboldt County's farmers to the continuing (mainly out-of-state) black market, and lead to a return to the counterproductive "war on drugs" in northern Cali. Prop 64 promised to support the industry's pioneers generally, and this region's mom&pops specifically, by barring farms larger than 1 acre until 2023... We the People have been lied to, and the ramifications for this county's economy and society couldn't be overdramatized. Please let your city, county, and state officials know that you support the CA Growers Assoc lawsuit to reinstate the cultivator cap on farms to no more that one acre!

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 03/18/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Still Missing

The LoCo article I have linked to in the previous message is actually directed at last week's NCJ article, "The Humboldt 35." My sincere apology for the mis-posting here, although I think the LoCo's critique also casts some doubt on this second story. Above all else, why does the Journal seem to revel in stories that cast undue negative attention on our county's number one industry, cannabis, which would appear to be single-handedly keeping the Journal in business if you consider the advertising space dominated by cannabis businesses and products? Maybe this industry should take its ad $$$ elsewhere...

Posted by Fred Krissman on 02/11/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “The Humboldt 35

THIS LoCo article seriously undermines both the spirit and letter(s) of "The Humboldt 35" article, and should be responded to ASAP by the author and/or NCJ editor... https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/feb/8/gu…

Posted by Fred Krissman on 02/11/2018 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Still Missing

THIS needs to be responded to forthwith... https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/feb/8/gu… It seems to me like it's a pretty direct refutation of both the spirit and substance of this NCJ cover story article! Where/why did "Still Missing" go so wrong?

Posted by Fred Krissman on 02/11/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Cultivation Cap Heads to Court

Many thanks to California Growers Association for taking a stand for the explicit intent of Prop 64, which is to protect small family farms and the communities within which they reside! The literal "bottom line" for our county and the larger region: loopholes in cannabis regs that would permit deep-pocketed individuals/businesses to grow multiple acres will tank our single largest industry, and dramatically increase unemployment as other regions of the state open vast plantations and/or indoor ops that would swamp craft cannabis with "Walmart weed." Furthermore, the Bureau of Cannabis Control's own EIR just released this past fall was based on the assumption that marijuana grows would be limited to no more than 1 acre; this means that the state agency is out of compliance with it's own environmental statement... Let's insist that the state keep the cap!

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 02/04/2018 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Looking out for the Little Guy

The unexpected lifting of the 1 acre cap on cannabis farms ushers in the likelihood of a takeover of the state's cannabis industry by a few corporate firms with little or no grounding in traditional cannabis culture. THAT is bad for the present and future of the industry, which has been incredibly dynamic up to now. Worst, it is a death-knell for many/most/all small family farmers in the Emerald Triangle. It will likely shift production out of northern Cali altogether, and with no other regional rural industry likely to fill the huge economic void that will result. If you thought Humboldt County was short of income opportunities up to now, hold on to any job you may currently have! I hope that small family farmers and their organizations file a lawsuit, which would have various grounds including the huge discrepancies in the recently approved EIR and this sudden bowing down to corporate interests. However, the damage that will have be done to our region before any ruling is likely to occur will already be incalculable...

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 12/07/2017 at 11:33 AM

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