Humboldt NORML Sep. Monthly Meeting Notes


LAST MEETING RECAP (see last meeting notes)

RECENT UPDATES

• Local

– The Humboldt County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is developing the project in partnership with SICPA Product Security, LLC, a global leader in product authentication, identification and secure traceability solutions and services. Beginning August 1 and concluding in November, the County of Humboldt will operate the Humboldt Cannabis Pilot Program. The program is designed to track the movement of medical cannabis through each step of the supply chain, as well as trace the product back to its origin, a technology known as “track and trace.” The purpose of the Humboldt Cannabis Pilot Program is designed to ensure medical cannabis in Humboldt County complies with local and state regulations, and promotes public health and safety. The program will also help protect the Humboldt artisanal brand of medicinal cannabis, as required by the county’s Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance.

– Yes We Cann parade on Aug 12th and tabling was successful. Coalition building with Weed for Warriors Project, Green Party and Move to Amend.

– City of Arcata met to discuss recreational/ adult use.

– Fish and Wildlife wardens visited a Mendocino County property unannounced Aug. 10

According to the Press Democrat, with a search warrant and weapons drawn, residents were detained in handcuffs for several hours while officers eradicated more than 60 nearly mature plants, searched the home and seized their county application documents, according to the residents and their attorney. A Fish and Wildlife spokesman said the property was raided because they suspected a well was diverting water from a nearby creek. Lt. Chris Stoots said the agency’s Watershed Enforcement Program — tasked to investigate, enforce and remediate environmental damage from cannabis cultivation on private land — launched the investigation.

– Humboldt County Cup updates and fundraising opportunities.

Joining us live from Jamaica is Bernard Collins from the Abyssinians, Emerald Fair debut, Green Party US with Jill Stein for Green New Deal conference. CA NORML?

Fundraising opportunities?

• State

– 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 held two staff informational workshops (July 20, 2017 – Eureka and July 27, 2017 – Sacramento) to present information and answer questions. In addition, a Board workshop was 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.

– Governor Brown made appointments to the Bureau of Cannabis Control

– The state is seeking at least 175 employees in the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing office and the California Department of Public Health.

• Federal

– DOJ Task Force: Maintain ‘Hands Off’ Approach To States’ Marijuana Laws

From NORML, “A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press.”

“The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law enforcement, did not call for changes in existing policy. Since 2013, the Justice Department has directed US attorneys in all 50 states not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant’s production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.
The Justice Department and US Attorney General are not legally bound by the task force’s recommendations, which they have yet to release publicly”

– U.S. District Court blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with consipiracy case against two local Humboldt County area cultivators.

The defendants claimed to be in compliance with CA state medical marijuana laws and working with medical collectives and this was enough to block federal prosecutors. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment co-authored by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2014 prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states.

– State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act.
A new solution to the tension between federal prohibition and the states that have legalized medical or responsible adult-use marijuana has been introduced in Congress, the
The SMART Enforcement Act makes the Controlled Substances Act inapplicable with respect to marijuana law enforcement in jurisdictions that have regulated its use and distribution.

– NORML Lobby Day September 10-12 in Washington, DC

NEW DISCUSSION TOPICS

1. Humboldt County Cup fundraising opportunities for Humboldt NORML?

2. Trailer Bill and Packaging updates?

3. Outreach opportunities.

4. Social Media team formation.

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