Jackie Mango1 
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Re: “'Operation Southern Sweep'

Ok...here is the real scoop as to how all of this went down. Sure, the investigation has been going for 2 years, but so have lots of others so here is the sequence which triggered it.
It is August in the little city of Arcata. The dictator,er, director of the Humboldt Cooperative is running all over town blabbing his big mouth about how THC is the only fully compliant medical pot dispensary in the state of california. Well, somebody knows otherwise, and tired of the sick old man's mouth, Eric of HMS,LLC threatens to turn THC in for code violations in their nursery. So the CEO of THC tries to beat Eric to the punch by calling the city of Arcata "preemptively" to get the site inspected (not his idea, but he takes credit for it.) Then he runs all over town telling everyone how proactive THC is by making sure everything is in compliance. This, my friends, is what triggered the federal action. Because the CEO of THC had such a big, uncontrollable mouth, the city had to address this industry in an official capacity, thus all the ensuing uproar. The point being: don't blame the Arcata Eye for something some sick old man did. If the nut had just kept his mouth shut and made THC about serving the community and not about serving his ego, this whole thing would never have happened. But really, the fact THC is shutting down the house grow is part of serving the ego of the CEO. What? They are shutting down the house grow? That's right. Why? Because the CEO can't micromanage what is beyond his ability to comprehend, and the CEO of THC hasn't the particular mental facilities required to understand, much less practice, indoor floriculture. Thus begins the plan of setting up black box greenhouses, reducing the quality of the house medicine available to the patients. The CEO has the tools to handle putting a plant in a pot of dirt and giving it sun, but that's about it. I feel very sorry for the clients of THC, because it seems the CEO is going to shut the dispensary down if he can't exert complete control over it and everyone who works there. It is apparent he would rather see the dispensary shut down than to turn over administration to someone sane and competent. This is how unable to comprehend basic not for profit law the CEO is: California law has required, since 2004, not for profits to register, within 30 days of incorporation, with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable trust. If one chooses to check the registry, one will find the absence of either The Humboldt Cooperative or The Humboldt California Association, which is doing business as The Humboldt Cooperative. Another question is, since THC is making so much money, why isn't there an attorney on retainer to help the employees in the case of a bust? Yet another question: non-profits are not allowed to arbitrarily switch directions, which is exactly what THC is doing by shutting down the indoor operations in Arcata and opening up in an older, previously used medical pot warehouse in Crescent City and exploring black box greenhouses. One would assume the product produced there, out of the eye of the green city of Arcata, is what would be dispensed to the unknowing clients, and the nursery jobs, as well as the other local economic benefits associated with production, will leave Arcata with the grow. All in the name of the CEO feeding his ego and exerting power and control over people. Every client and beneficiary of THC and THCA is, because THC is a not for profit (allegedly), a stake holder in the business. If there is a corrupt, dysfunctional, or other grossly incompetent "controller" of a non-profit, the public has tools, through the Attorney general of California, to remove the offending board member. Since THC has no bylaws to remove board members with cause, it is left to the public to do so. THC would benefit greatly from competent management. There is also a grey mustang, owned by the company, which word on the street says is for personal use. I suggest verifying this rumor before accusing anyone of inappropriate use of non-profit property.

Posted by Jackie Mango on 06/26/2008 at 1:27 AM

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