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: