News stories relating to cannabis are found in the articles below.
UPDATE - audio added: Audio from the well-attended forum appears below.
Use the player above the hear audio from the forum and the SoundCloud player below to hear more background on the Blue Ribbon Commission in a report by Terri Klemetson, aired on the KMUD News Friday May 29, 2015.
The original post with additional information apprears below:
A special public policy forum to discuss the unique public policy challenges related to marijuana legalization affecting Californiaâ€™s North Coast will be held in Garberville this Friday, May 29 at the Redwood Playhouse in the College of the Redwoods Building at 286 Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville. Congressman Jared Huffman and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will participate in the forum which will run from 1-2:30 pm.
Information will be presented from the document titled: "PROGRESS REPORT-Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy" Click here to read or download a pdf version of that document. A media advisory, received by KMUD News, describes the Blue Ribbon Commission as follows: "The Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Newsom and formed in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California, aims to inform voters and policymakers on the key challenges related to marijuana legalization in California, in anticipation of a likely 2016 ballot initiative."
KMUD will do a live broadcast of the forum and archive the program at kmud.org.
Feedback from policymakers, researchers and the public on the issues raised in this Progress Report, as well as on other issues related to the taxation, regulation and legalization of marijuana in California, is welcomed. The Progress Report suggests the following as guidelines for feedback:
1. Are there points raised in this report with which you disagree? If so, why? Please do share information, reports, or analysis that helps you form your view on that issue.
2. What particular solutions or approaches do you recommend policymakers pursue in the areas described in the Progress Report?
3. Are there particular topics raised in the Progress Report about which you would like to see the BRC provide further information and analysis?
4. Are there other issues that are not addressed in this Progress Report that you believe the BRC or policymakers should consider?
Anticipating the legalization of Cannabis in California, activists are launching a ballot initiative to form a Marijuana Policy Commission in Mendocino County. A recently formed group, the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council (MCPC), is sponsoring the initiative, which they hope to see on the November 2015 county ballot.
Use the player below to hear a report on this story, submitted by Kate Maxwell. The report aired on the KMUD Local News on Wed., May 20, 2015.
Update- New audio added. A KMUD News report covering the May 7th NCRWQCB Workshop, an extended report on the workshop, aired by Kerry Reynolds on Cannabis Consciousness News, May 14, and a half-hour interview with Matt St. John, which aired on KMUD's Monday Morning Magazine, is now found on this page 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. This comment period ends June 8. 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 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.
KMUD's Kerry Reynolds attended the May 7th Workshop and filed this report, which was broadcast on the KMUD Local News on Mon., May 11.
Using the player below, listen to, or down load audio from, this special edition of Cannabis Consciousness News, with Kerry Reynolds, featuring extended audio highlights from the May 7th North Coast Water Board meeting in Eureka, CA.
On Mon., May 11, hosts, Eric Kirk and Bob Froehlich, interviewed Matt St. John, Executive Officer for the California State North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, on KMUD's Monday Morning Magazine program, about the new draft order. Use the player below to hear or download this segment.
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.