– Local Attorney raises concerns to County Board of Supervisors about black market advantages, county controls over wells, logging road requirements and code enforcement.
“The black market growers pay no fees, are not required to do environmental remediation, and are not even liable for the $1 per square foot county tax on legal growers. I have clients who will be paying as much $50,000 in these costs, and I estimate that the people going legal in this county have spent as much as 2 million dollars making improvements to the land and roads that benefit the environment. “The county must do everything it can to make going legal simple, inexpensive, and attractive. “
“First of all they want county control over all wells – even wells the state does not presume to regulate – if they are used for cannabis. The county does not regulate vineyard water like this, and certainly not the water used for cattle and corn. Only cannabis growers are being asked not to use water they have paid thousands of dollars to find and bring to the surface, during the dry, hot summer months. “
“But more likely to destroy the whole program, they are proposing to bring the hundreds of miles of private roads left over from logging, up to standards that will prevent erosion into the streams, and allow speedy fire suppression. These are worthy goals, but asking the cannabis growers to bear the costs is to put a huge burden on people already facing large financial outlays to bring the farms up to county code, and who are not the ones who created these roads, or these problems. These roads are private because the county has not wished to spend public money improving and maintaining them. I don’t think the growers can pay for fixing the consequences of unregulated road building in the past, I don’t think they should, and I don’t think they will. The county should take some (all?) of the cannabis tax income and either make grants to private road associations for improvements, or simply make the improvements without the complications of grants if they feel that those improvements are the best use of the money”
“The Planning Department is becoming the second biggest obstacle to going legal, and if they don’t revise their procedures they’ll find themselves losing present applicants and not getting new ones. At first they were quite user friendly, a bit loose about the regulations, and really hoping that people would apply, and helping them do it. The counter staff still is. But management has starting fining people threatening to cancel license applications, and setting deadlines. At the same time they are posing new obstacles, and penalizing some applicants for no better reason than to show that they can. People are becoming angry and disenchanted. I have had several clients drop their applications, and others are strongly considering it. These people came forward in good faith, spent countless thousands of dollars to work towards coming into compliance, and now are considering cutting their losses and leaving the program.
To top it all off, the code enforcement team – part of law enforcement – has suggested destroying the farms of people who are slow to perfect their applications to make examples of them, and even picked a farm they’d like to start with. As you might imagine the code enforcement team’s public popularity with rural dwellers in the county, is close to zero. We have long felt that they were a backdoor way to get around the constitutional requirements for search and seizure. And, here we go again. “
– Country track and trace determination
– Yes We Cann volunteers for parade on Aug 12th and tabling.
– Lobby Day in Sacramento, D. Garcez in attendance!
– Draft Program Environmental Impact Report comments due July 31 at 5 PM
The CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Draft PEIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. The release of the Draft PEIR triggers a 45-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses, mitigation measures, and alternatives associated with statewide cannabis cultivation. Four public workshops on the Draft PEIR will be held in California in July
– The State Water Resources Control Board will accept public comments on a Draft Cannabis Cultivation Policy – Principles and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation (Cannabis Policy), Draft Cannabis Cultivation Policy Staff Report, and Draft General Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Waste Associated with Cannabis Cultivation Activities (General Order). The Board will hold two staff informational workshops (July 20, 2017 – Eureka and July 27, 2017 – Sacramento) to present information and answer questions. In addition, a Board workshop is scheduled for August 2, 2017, in Sacramento to provide information on the draft documents and receive public comments. The comment period ends at 12:00 P.M. (noon) on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The Notice, draft documents, and other information are available on the State Water Board’s Cannabis Cultivation webpage.
– Asm. Lackey: State powers, regulation and fair taxation are at the heart of legalizing marijuana
– Federal: House Bill Introduced to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana
– Senate Committee Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment on July 13
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote. Identical language is expected to receive a vote in the House later this year. Need to keep an eye on NORML’s Act page for that and other changes. – Justin Strekal, NORML
– Action Alert: Federal Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Pending In Senate (CARERS Act)
Legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2017, S. 1374/HR 2920 to strengthen protections for those compliant with their state’s medical marijuana laws and to impose various changes to federal law.
Passage of CARERS 2017 exempts from federal prosecution those who are engaged in the “production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, laboratory testing, recommending use, or delivery of medical marijuana” in instances where these activities comport with state law. Separate provisions in Act exclude cannabidiol from the federal definition of marijuana, permit VA doctors to authorize medical cannabis access to qualified patients, and remove undue federal barriers to clinical trial research to better assess the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis.
– NORML Lobby Day September 10-12 in Washington, DC
NEW DISCUSSION TOPICS
1. What are the requirements for farmers interested in transporting their own goods? (Non-commercial)
2. Current status of application/permit process within the county.
3. Applying for state licensure in 2018 with or without county permits. What does this all mean?
4. Has the city of Eureka/coastal commission decided on operation types in the region?