News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
According to a KMUD News interview with Matt St. John, Executive Officer for the California State North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB), the draft Order and Mitigated Negative Declaration requirements for Cannabis Farmers has been released for a 45 day public review and comment period. Click here to view or download the draft. Links to additional information, including the "Notice of Intent Form" and "Best Management Practices", can be found on the NCRWQCB website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/public_notices/#grass
Questions regarding the workshop or the draft Order and Mitigated Negative Declaration should be directed to Diana Henrioulle, by phone at 707-576-2542 or email at Diana.Henrioulle(at)waterboards.ca.gov, or Connor McIntee by phone at 707-576-2708 or email at Connor.McInte(at)waterboards.ca.gov. Note, in using these e-mail addresses, replace (at) with @.
The entire interview with Matt St. John, recorded by Kerry Reynolds and aired on KMUD News Friday, April 25, 2015, can be heard using the player below.
Update Feb. 4, 2015: The California Cannabis Voice Humboldt 6th draft of the proposed ordinance to regulate cannabis production in Humboldt County has just been made available. Click here to view it on the California Cannabis Voice Website.
Update Dec. 3, 2014: Click here for a copy of the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt 5th draft of the proposed ordinance to regulate cannabis production in Humboldt County.
An newly updated version (2014-NovDraftOrdRev4a) of the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance was made available to KMUD on November 18, 2014 by the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH).
KMUD has posted the Draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (2014-NovDraftOrdRev4a). Also available for download are notes from the November 10, 2014 meeting in Blue Lake, taken by facilitator, Dr. Deborah Pruitt, as well as a proposed Timeline for Land Use Ordinance Development and Roll-Out.
CCVH states: California Cannabis Voice Humboldt is working to pass a cannabis land use ordinance for Humboldt County which would provide a path to legitimacy for Humboldt County Cannabis Farmers. CCVH fights to preserve the ideals of the small family cannabis farm as California presses toward legalization in 2016.
KMUD's Kerry Reynolds reported on this issue during the KMUD News of Wednesday, November 12. Listen to the story here. More audio from the meeting below.
Approximately 100 people attended a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6th at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel's Sapphire Palace to discuss a comprehensive cannabis ordinance for Humboldt County. The meeting, organized by California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH), included three panels of delegates from the 35-member stakeholder group that held an initial summit meeting in early October.
Audio from each of the panels can be heard and/or downloaded using the players below. Audio, panel descriptions, and panel photo provided by KMUD Correspondent Kerry Reynolds.
Panel 1 - "What Is CCVH?" On this panel, members talk about how they became involved with CCVH, a registered Political Action Committee, and the CCVH goals for Humboldt County.
Panelists: Shannon Hughes, CCVH Willow Creek Leadership Team; Patrick Murphy, CCVH Willow Creek Outreach Coordinator; Richard Marks, CCVH Community Organizer; Luke Bruner, CCVH Signatory and Treasurer; Jason Beaver, CCVH Development Director; and Thomas Edrington, CCVH Outreach Director
Panel 2- "Sustainability: 2016 and Beyond" This panel begins by discussing how cannabis farmers, businesses, and collectives can file taxes. They also talk about how the ordinance will require farmers to demonstrate that they have sufficient and legal water for their farming needs. Also included, is a briefing by an audience member on efforts towards bringing to Southern Humboldt the excess water from Mad River that was previously used for a pulp mill.
Panelists: Jonathan Gilbert, Indoor Cultivator and Arcata Cannabis Delegate; Karyn Wagner, Teahouse Collective Cofounder and Cannabusiness Delegate; Matt Owen, Financial Delegate; Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Dr. Ken Miller, Medical Delegate; Roy Gomez, A Fertile World owner and Cannabusiness delegate.
Panel 3 - "Land Use, Permitting, and You" In this Panel, Patrick Murphy describes his efforts to become fully permitted and compliant with the county, and Steve Lazar and Praj White discuss pathways to compliance for permitting. The issue of shaded parcels was also raised. In addition, many of the panelists talk about how the ordinance will treat cannabis as an agricultural commodity and will work to make the county cannabis program as accessible as possible for small cannabis farmers.
Panelists: Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Praj White, Manhard Consulting and Cannabusiness Delegate; Luke Bruner, CCVH Treasurer; Andre Carey, Cannabusiness Delegate; Patrick Murphy, CCVH Willow Creek Outreach Coordinator; Steve Lazar, Humboldt Planning and Building Department; Shannon Hughes, CCVH Willow Creek Leadership Team
The photo below shows the panelists from the panel on sustainability - From left to right: Jonathon Gilbert, Indoor Cultivator/Arcata Cannabis Delegate; Karyn Wagner, Teahouse Collective/Cannabusiness Delegate; Matt Owen, Financial Delegate; Roy Gomez, A Fertile World/Cannabusiness Delegate; Sunshine Johnston, Elected Cultivator At Large Delegate; Dr. Ken Miller, Medical Delegate.
Drought in California and looming state legalization of marijuana brought relevancy to the "Environmental Cannabis Forum" held Sat., March 8, 2014 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. About 30 people attended the event, which was organized by Attorney Kathleen Bryson and featured six speakers. The speakers included Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup; Tony Silvaggio, Environmental Sociologist at Humboldt State University; Gary Graham Hughes, Director of Environmental Protection and Information Center (EPIC); Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor; Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County reporter specializing in marijuana issues - writes for Lost Coast Outpost and the blog Redheaded Blackbelt.
KMUD News Correspondent, Kerry Reynolds, covered the event and provided the full audio which can be heard using the players below. Reynolds does a weekly "Cannabis Report" that airs on the Fri. edition of KMUD Local News. Forum Photo below provided by Julia Minton.
In the audio below, Forum Organizer, Kathleen Bryson introduces the forum and each panelist introduces themselves.
Remarks from Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup
Humboldt State University Environmental Sociologist, Tony Silvaggio, presents a slideshow, titled "The Ecology, Culture and Economy of Marijuana Agriculture in the Emerald Triangle" with conclusions based on hundreds of interviews with law enforcement, growers, and others.
A brief Q&A is followed by a presentation by Gary Graham Hughes, Executive Director of EPIC (Environmental Protection and Information Center).
Speaker Paul Hagen, Environmental Attorney and former Mendocino County Environmental Prosecutor:
Presentations by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Kym Kemp, Humboldt County Reporter specializing in marijuana issues:
On March 5, 2013 county staff presented, to the Humboldt County Board of supervisors, a draft for a proposed county ordinance that would regulate the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana. Click here for the KMUD News web post on that meeting and here for a pdf version of the March 5 draft document. After hearing the presentation, the Board recommended public input be solicited on the draft proposal, and that was done in April by holding several public meetings.
The input from those meetings was reported back to the BOS on May 7, and at that time the Board voted to refer the proposal back to the Medical Marijuana Subcommittee to be reviewed and revised in two separate parts: Neighborhood Impacts and Environmental Impacts. The subcommittee worked with staff to develop a draft that would, "...curtail the neighborhood-level impacts of outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana.", according to a report delivered to the BOS on Tues., Oct. 22, 2013, by County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes. The resulting draft proposal titled, Update on Potential Ordinance Regulating Neighborhood Impacts of Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation futher states that, "The Subcommittee selected an approach of amending the County's zoning ordinance to define outdoor cultivation as a nuisance on small properties unless specified requirements are met." Click here for the Update Document.
Use the player below to hear a report on the Tues. BOS meeting submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired on KMUD Local News on Wed., Oct. 23, 2013.
Click on the Video Player below to hear the Smith-Hanes Presentation to the Board.