In February’s Cannabis Science Update:

Use the player below to hear the February Edition of Cannabis Science Update.

Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.


Update: Ryan Floyd, resident of 550 block of Flint Rock Road outside of Garberville, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 on multiple charges. Floyd was a person of interest wanted in a burglary which took place on February 2. The  Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release below describes the arrest. The original vehicle pursuit and buglary are described in the second press release below.

On 02-07-2013, approximately 0830 hours, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents conducted a probation search at the residence of Ryan Floyd 30 years old, in the 500 block of Flint Rock Road ( Off Wade Road ), Garberville. When deputies arrived at the residence they located Floyd and arrested him on the outstanding no bail felony warrant for his arrest. Deputies are still on scene conducting a probation search of the residence. So far deputies have located what is estimated to be 45 pounds of dried marijuana bud, approximately $12,000.00 cash, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, approximately 1 oz of suspected heroin, approximately 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, body armor, numerous loaded high capacity magazines, scales, drug paraphernalia and other indications of drug sales and what is estimated to be over forty vehicles, along with numerous all terrain vehicles. One of the vehicles is confirmed stolen. Deputies anticipate being at the residence for a lengthy period of time conducting their investigation and searching the property and vehicles.

Besides the outstanding arrest warrant, Floyd was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, illegal possession of a firearm magazine, illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a firearm and violation of probation. Other charges may be added as the investigation continues. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he his being held without bail.

Deputies also located a second male on the property identified as Gregory Benson, 48 years old from Garberville. Benson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm by a prohibited person. His bail was set at $50,000.00. An updated news release will be released at a later date.

The original post on this incident can be read below.


According to press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Feb. 4, 2013:

On 2-2-2013, approximately 11:30 p.m. a deputy attempted to pull over a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck for driving erratically and with no rear license plate on Dyerville Loop Road, near Fort Seward Road in the Dyerville area of Humboldt County. When the deputy activated his overhead lights the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. A slow speed pursuit traveled east on Fort Seward road at speeds of around 30 mph. At one point the pickup traveled onto the middle fork of the Eel River on the gravel bar before looping back onto Fort Seward Road. A second deputy caught up with the original deputy and they continued pursing the vehicle on Fort Seward Road at speeds of approximately 30 mph. When the vehicle drove up to the intersection of Dyerville Loop Road and Fort Seward Road, it turned south onto Dyerville Loop road. Approximately one half mile later, the vehicle drove off the roadway and down a hillside before crashing into a tree. When deputies reached the vehicle it was unoccupied.  Deputies learned the vehicle was registered to residence in the 29000 block of Alderpoint Road, Garberville. When contact was made with the registered owners of the truck they were on vacation out of the area. A relative checked their residence and learned the vehicle was just stolen from their residence and their residence had been burglarized.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently asking for the publics help in locating Ryan Floyd and Honey Walsh who are persons of interest in this case.

Floyd is described as follows: A white male adult, 30 years old, 5-8, 155 pounds, strawberry blond hair. He currently has a no bail felony warrant for his arrest for being armed while possessing narcotics issued by Humboldt County Superior Court.

Honey Walsh is described as: White Female adult,  29 years old, 5-6, 130 lbs, brown hair, green eyes. She is from the Cave Junction, Oregon area. She has a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for possession of a controlled substance out of Humboldt County Superior Court.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Persons of interest: Ryan Floyd (left) and Honey Walsh (right)



A two day event hosted by the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) marked the 100th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in California.The conference, held January 26 and 27, 2013 at the Ft. Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, focused on the history, causes and costs of marijuana prohibition as well as the future of marijuana reform.

Speakers included California State Senator Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, Dr. Larry Bedard, and a host of others. During the conference "Pioneer Freedom Fighter"awards were presented to Dennis Peron, Michelle Aldrich, Michael Aldrich, Debby Goldsberry and Gordon Brownell.

KMUD programmer, Sue Maloney attended the conference and recorded the presentations. KMUD Technical Director, Simon Frech, processed the audio and posted it for your listening enjoyment.
Click here to access the conference audio recordings.

Additional Links:
Cal NORML Home Page
Additional photos and videos taken at the conference
blog.sfgate.com article about the conference

(Left) Senator Mark Leno speaks on a panel about state obstacles to human rights for marijuana users along with (left to right) attorneys Omar Figueroa and Michael Levinsohn, and Daisy Bram of freemybabies.org at the Cannabis in California: Ending the 100-Year War Conference in San Francisco on January 26, 2013. Photo by Amanda Holguin/CULTURE Magazine.








According to a press release from the Arcata Police Department, dated Jan. 30, 2013:

The Arcata Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Jason Francis Lovell, 32 of Arcata. Lovell was reported missing on January 29th, 2013. He was last seen on the evening of January 25th in Arcata.  Family and friends became concerned when Lovell failed to show up for work. His vehicle was found abandoned in the 1200 Blk of F St in Arcata.  Lovell has a history of mental health issues and is considered at risk.

Lovell is described as a white male adult, 5'8" tall, weighing 150 lbs with short brown hair and hazel eyes.  He has a short reddish brown beard.

Anyone who has seen Mr. Lovell or has any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at: (707)822-2428. 

Click here for Times-Standard article on the missing man.

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Jan. 29, 2013:

On the afternoon of 01/28/13, detectives from the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to a neighborhood complaint in the 2500 block of Union St. The complaint alleged excessive foot and vehicle traffic coming from an apartment located in the alley. Detectives contacted a female living in the apartment, who advised them one of the subjects living with her was Edward Charles Vercoe (12/28/69). Vercoe in on active PRCS Parole and is subject to search and seizure at anytime.

During a subsequent search, detectives located ½ gram of Heroin and a Sony HD video camera they believed was related to a weekend burglary of News Channel 3. Employees from Channel 3 were contacted and responded to the scene where they positively identified the Sony camera and related cables. The employees from Channel 3 stated there are additional cameras and equipment outstanding.   

Vercoe was not on scene at the time the search was conducted and is currently wanted for being in Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Stolen Property. Anyone with information regarding Vercoe’s whereabouts can contact the Eureka Police Department, at (707) 441-4060, or call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

Suspect wanted: Edward Charles Vercoe.

Previous press release related to this case from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 28, 2013:
On 01-27-2013, approximately 12:00 noon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the station manager of KIEM News reporting a burglary to the station. A deputy responded to 5650 South Broadway Avenue, Eureka and met with the station manager who reported that someone stole four news video cameras and a scanner from a single wide trailer located behind the building. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items were last seen in the trailer at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, 1-26-2013 and were discovered missing on Sunday, 1-27-2013, approximately 11:00 a.m. The news station and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public be on the lookout for the three stolen Sony cameras and a Panasonic camera, along with a radio shack scanner. Estimated loss is $10,000.00.   

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Update-Jan. 28, 2013

On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.

Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.

See below for the original post on this incident.


According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:

A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.

The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical  personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.

The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.

According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard


 Update: Thurs., June 20, 2013 - Construction halted in wetland draining work area of the Willits Bypass Project.

The audio in the player below, submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell, was broadcast on the KMUD Local News Thurs., June 20, 2013 and includes interviews with protesters, as well as representatives from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.

Also, see additional articles:

Update: February 27, 2013

 Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass slowing Down", including more on the impact of the Willits Bypass Project on nesting birds. This piece was aired on Wed., Feb 27, 2013 by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.

 Update: February 26, 2013

 Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass protests continue" including the alledged finding of bird nests on the project construction site and "security" of the protest tree sit area. This part of the story was aired on Tues., Feb. 26 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.

 Update: February 25, 2013

 use the player below to hear: "Protesters stop construction near Willits Bypass"and "Tree sitter says Willits Bypass deserves scrutiny", aired on Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terry Klemetson, with reports from KMUD News Correspondent, Jennifer Poole and KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.

 Update: February 14, 2013

KMUD news has been following the progress of the Willits Bypass Project as tensions build between those protesting the project and Caltrans, the government agency in charge of the project.

Use the player below to hear an audio clip, aired by KMUD News Coordinator Christina Aanestad, which includes interviews with Naomi Wagner of Earth First, Caltrans Spokesperson, Phil Frisbie, and Treesitter, Warbler. This story was aired on KMUD Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

See the posts below for previous updates, background and the original post on the Willits Bypass story.

Update-Jan. 28, 2013:

This Monday, Jan. 28, about 30 to 40 protestors participated in a rally and organized a tree sit just off Highway 101, at the south end of Willits, to protest the proposed Willits Bypass Project.

Use the player below to hear more about the demonstration opposing the Willits Bypass, including interviews with demonstrators and a Caltrans representative. This piece was aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad on the KMUD Local News Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

24-year old Amanda Senseman, also known as "Warbler", sits in a tree to stop the Willits bypass.

The original post of the proposed Willits Bypass Demonstration can be viewed below.


For a number of years there has been a proposal to reroute Highway 101 around the downtown Willits area, the so-called Willits Bypass. According to the Caltrans website:
“Route 101, functionally classified a principal arterial route, is the single north-south route serving the length of coastal California and is crucial in the commerce of northwestern California. On Route 101, trucks and passenger vehicles transport goods and people to and from the many communities throughout the region. In the Willits area, it serves an increasingly heavy commuter, recreational and commercial traffic demand. Lack of capacity and congestion has resulted in delay and lengthy traffic queues within the project limits north of the city limit.”

In September, 2012, concerned that the bypass project would harm wetlands, salmon streams and endangered plants, a number of environmental groups including: the Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and EPIC, requested a preliminary injunction to stop the proposed bypass.  Early in November of 2012 that injunction was denied by a federal judge and the work on the bypass is ready to begin as soon as funding for the project is designated.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including a planned protest of the project on Monday, Jan.28. The piece was introduced and aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, and produced by Rian Marie and Cody Mark.

Additional Resources:
Save Our Willits Valley Coalition -707-216-5549
Click here for information about the protest on Mon., Jan. 28, 2013
Willits Bypass - Final Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report, October 2006
Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, May 2010
Click here for maps of Willits Bypass
Willits Bypass - Reports and Presentations
Caltrans Willits Bypass - Environmental Atlas:


Update: Feb. 14, 2013

Marijuana related federal legislation was introduced in Congress this Feb. 14 by Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon.  The proposed bill, HR 689,  would provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.

Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with 2nd District Congressman from California, Jared Huffman. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013

The original post of this story appears below.


On Oct. 16, 2012, the Court of Appeals in Washington DC began hearing oral arguments in the landmark case, Americans for Safe Access v Drug Enforcement Administration. The plaintiffs in this case argued that the DEA acted irrationally in ruling that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and that this scheduling of marijuana has harmed medical marijuana patients physically and financially. On behalf of Americans for Safe Access, Attorney Joseph Elford asked the court to force the DEA to reconsider its classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug without therapeutic benefits, arguing that the agency ignored 200 well-controlled studies which show cannabis has legitimate medical uses. On Tues., Jan. 22, 2013 the court issued its ruling on the case.

Use the player below to hear the outcome of that ruling and an interview with Chris Hermes from Americans for Safe Access.This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., Jan 23, 2013.

Click here for a pdf copy of the opinion issued Jan. 22, 2013.

Update- Wed. Jan. 23, 2013: High Risk missing person, Myra Sheek found safe and uninjured.

According to an update from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Wed. Jan. 23, 2013:

On 01-23-2013, approximately 9:00 a.m., five Humboldt County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers and two trained Search and Rescue Deputies met at Eggert Road, Eureka and expanded the search area for missing person Myra Sheek. At approximately 9:40 a.m. a search and rescue volunteer found Sheek hidden in thick brush. She was located approximately 150 feet on the northside of the roadway near the intersection of Ridgewood Drive and Eggert Road, Eureka. She indicated to the Sheriff's personnel that she did not want to be found. Medical Personnel were immediately summoned to the scene and Sheek was transported to a local hospital for treatment. She did not appear to be injured, only dehydrated and cold. Sheek is expected to make a full recovery.

The original post of this story is found below.


According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan 22, 2013:

On 01-18-2013, approximately 11:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the owner of Aguilar Manor Assisted Living Facility located at 6433 Eggert Road, Eureka, that a resident, Myra Sheek, was missing. The resident went for a walk at 11:00 a.m. that day and did not return. Normally Sheek never walks more than a block away from the home and returns within a short period of time. The owner told the investigating deputy that the missing female has some medical issues which raised the concern for her welfare. Deputies and Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol (S.C.O.P.) searched the area for Sheek,  but could not find her. Several neighbors were contacted but had not seen her.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public's help in locating her.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Myra Sheek is described as follows:  61 years old, White Female, 5' 6", 200 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket, yellow sweat pants. She wears glasses.


According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 18, 2013:

On 01-17-2013 at about 4:15 pm an Agent with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from a Special Agent with the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force. The Special Agent relayed the following information to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent. On 01-16-2013 at about 2:00 pm an Iowa State Trooper made traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east bound on Interstate Highway 80 near Atlantic, Iowa for a traffic violation.

The State Trooper discovered 100 individual one- pound bags of processed marijuana in the vehicle. Two suspects were arrested from the vehicle. Through their investigation in Iowa Officers learned that the marijuana came from a residence located in the 700 block of Park Avenue, Arcata, California. With the information provided by law enforcement in Iowa a Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant for the residence located on Park Avenue, Arcata.At about 6:30 pm the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the residence on Park Avenue.

Officers detained two subjects at the residence who were identified as Christopher Joseph Luddie age 21 and Patrick Joseph Wall age 21. When Officers searched the residence they located 122 individual one-pound bags of processed marijuana buds in one of the bedrooms. Officers located evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence, along with approximately one pound of hash. Officers also located an indoor marijuana growing room in the garage that had been recently harvested. When Officers searched one of the vehicles that was parked in front of the residence they discovered approximately $160,000 dollars in cash inside of a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the money for possible asset forfeiture.

Wall and Luddie were both arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, for manufacturing of a hash lab and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 dollars each.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force.      

The photo below shows cannabis and cash confiscated in the case.

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