Humboldt NORML Monthly Meeting Notes


  Meeting Agenda and Notes 4/19/2017

LAST MEETING RECAP

  • Cal NORML has posted a list of the 44 bills that are pending in the legislature in Sacramento.
  • Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

– Bipartisan legislation was introduced to exclude marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus leaving states the authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit. It eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

  • Las Vegas Cannabis Cup Continues with State Rights over Federal Cannabis Issues

-Cannabis use was allowed and sales of cannabis was regulated.

  • Senators Urge Sessions to Keep Trump’s Promise of Marijuana Federalism

-11 senators sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter expressing concern about recent statements suggesting he plans to enforce the federal ban on marijuana against state-licensed businesses that serve recreational cannabis consumers.

  • Studies in place to determine if California’s power grid would be able to keep up with legal marijuana’s demand?
  • Feds Sentenced 3,500 to Prison Last Year for Pot-Related Offenses
  • DEA Awards Synthetic Cannabis Drug with Schedule II Status

-Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug.

  • Regulatory costs due to MCRSA are estimated to run between $225 and $873 per pound, according to an economic analysis by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
  • Local complaints about $4-$10/ sqft for commercial cannabis space.

-Meeting participant stated that Colorado is charging $15 or more in some areas!

  • Cannabis Tax Seminar Report from Humboldt NORML Communications Director
  • Proposed Action Plans

-Social event and fundraising effort for Humbolt NORML promotion

-Increase community outreach

-Education effort to minimize light pollution in rural areas from lighted green houses that are not covered appropriately. This is a concern for aesthetic beauty as well as wildlife concerns.

-Coordinate with agencies to determine cannabis state tax allotment to Humboldt County area

  • Audience Comments/ Questions/ Concerns

-Humboldt County cannabis ordinance related EIR estimated by the end of year

-HUMMAP update that Humboldt County judge denied a petition for an enforcement order against the county, sparing hundreds of cannabis business permit applications from possible invalidation.

-Workers compensation insurance can be paid with cash through Applied Underwriters in collaboration with Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

UPDATES SINCE LAST MEETING

  • Humboldt County Tax- Measure S, Public Survey Opportunity

– In November 2016, Humboldt County voters passed Measure S which places a tax on individuals who cultivate cannabis for commercial purposes. Now, the Board of Supervisors wants to hear from you. They want to know your priorities for funds generated by this tax. The county estimates Measure S will produce around $2.2 million in revenue in Fiscal Year 2017-18.

– The following list of services was taken directly from the ballot language that citizens voted on last year:

Public Safety, Job Creation, Crime Investigation and Prosecution, Environmental Cleanup and Restoration, Children and Family Mental Health Services, Drug Rehabilitation, and Other County Services.

  • Humboldt County Cup Sponsorship and Public Notice

-3rd Annual Harvest is Scheduled for Nov. 18, 2017 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds

-Public Notice: The Humboldt County Cup is a Science Based and Honest Cannabis Cup Competition

Addressed misconceptions that cannabis contests are not fairly judged or based upon science.

  • Governor Releases Draft Marijuana Regulations

– The Governor’s office issued a draft budget trailer bill reconciling MCRSA and AUMA. The proposal ends the state ID card program, making it voluntary for counties to implement it. It makes physician recommendations invalid after one year, and separates medical and adult cannabis businesses on all levels.

– Read Cal NORML’s summary of the Governor’s proposal online.

  • California Senate Passes Resolution Calling on Federal Government to Reschedule Marijuana
  • Energy use by Cannabis Industry Declining with Increased Efficiency, Outdoor grows

– U.S. power suppliers say demand has fallen off in some areas, according to utilities and analysts.

That’s partly because the once-illicit business may no longer have to keep plants hidden from law enforcement and producers are upgrading to energy-efficient lights, pumps and cooling systems.

  • Federal Action Alert- End the Federal Government’s Enforcement of Marijuana Prohibition

-Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — (SB 776 and HB 1841 / HB 1823) to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales — thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. An additional excise tax would be levied on the sale of marijuana.

– Update: All 3 bills have been referred to committee in their respective chamber.

  • Action Alert- NORML’s 4/20 Day of Action!
  • Action Alert- President Trump – End the charade of the Drug Czar by abolishing the position.

– The Trump Administration is widely expected to pick Representative Tom Marino for Drug Czar.

– Representative Marino is a longtime, rabid drug warrior who has a consistent record of voting against marijuana law reform legislation.

  • Letter Submitted to ACLU of Northern California
  • Humboldt NORML Executive Director Nominated to Run for California Senate Green Party Nomination
  • March for Science at HSU on March 22, 2017

– The Humboldt March for Science is an educational, peaceful, non-violent, inclusive event encouraging unity, engagement, and interaction from our diverse community who hold science to be valuable in this complex, inter-connected world.

– Science Expo at D St. Neighborhood Center from 9-1:30; Rally D St. Cul-de-sac from 2-2:45; March 2:45-3:45

https://www.facebook.com/humboldtmarchforscience/

NEW DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Updates on Venue for Music/ Social Event Fundraiser
  • New Action Plans
  • Audience Comments/ Questions/ Concerns

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