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HuMMAP Commercial Cannabis Industry Tax and Regulation Proposal

HuMMAP Proposes Licensing For County Marijuana Farmers

Graduated Fees Will Encourage Small Farmers and Boost County Income

The Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel (HuMMAP) is proposing commercial cannabis regulations today to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. HuMMAP Chair Syreeta Lux says that “This proposal is designed to stabilize our county’s rural economies with a tax policy that encourages families to stay on their land, while increasing county tax yields. Recognizing that a greater number of small farmers contributes more to our county’s economy and culture than fewer large growers can, our proposal also reduces crime and police concerns.”

HuMMAP proposes that county licensing fees be levied based on mature plant canopy area. They suggest a yearly fee of $200 to be paid for the first 100 square feet of cultivated area per parcel, with graduated fees increasing for larger cultivation areas up to one acre, as in this table:

100 square feet,    annual fee of              $200

200 sq. ft.                 “                “     “         $500

300                                                               $800

400                                                               $1200

500                                                               $1500

1000                                                             $3500

2000                                                             $8000

3000                                                            $13,000

4000                                                            $19,000

5000                                                            $25,000

10,000                                                         $60,000

20,000                                                         $140,000

40,000                                                         $300,000

HuMMAP also suggests that a plan for responsible water use accompany all permit applications, with a countywide cannabis trade association and/or Supervisorial Task Force working cooperatively to encourage compliance, and to address enforcement and evolving policy issues. Non-compliance would be punishable by civil fines.

In her statement to Humboldt Supervisors Tuesday, Lux said “As our elected officials, we ask you to pass a resolution to state officials urging them to adopt these or similar standards statewide, in support of the many small rural counties also dependent upon cannabis farming. We also urge you to work with private industry and county agencies to protect our appellation, and to brand values and practices no less than location, so that Humboldt becomes ever more synonymous with healthy and sustainable small-scale agriculture.”

In return for program compliance, growers would receive an official Humboldt-Grown tax stamp/certificate of provenance affixed to fee-paid production in various unit sizes. Growers smaller than 1000 square feet could receive a distinctive Humboldt Home-Grown certificate. HuMMAP asked that this permitting structure be put in place by March 1st, 2011.

4 comments to HuMMAP Commercial Cannabis Industry Tax and Regulation Proposal

  • Steveaux Millard

    Seems a pretty sensible beginning First Step towards a sensible approach to keeping growing outdoors , and in the hands of small growers, as well as water and environmentally responsible. In addition you will need to demand an obligatory inspection system for every grower, obviously. Those concurring with this would be assured a certification from a county-recognized entity as to the status of the grower in regards to the parameters promoted.

    No system of voluntary controls over any agricultural product can be assured of guaranteeing any future price of course, and caveats must be included to this effect…..that the tax rates may be subject to change…

  • An earlier post had the full text of the proposed regulations, but I don’t see anything on this post or on the county’s website showing the proposal as it was actually submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Also, since it was apparently presented as a non-agendized information item, it’s unclear if and when the county intends to take up the matter.

    Got links?

  • Admin

    Well, actually, the above proposal should probably be removed along with the previous version, since it has now been withdrawn. With the failure of Prop 19, it is back to the drawing board for everyone. HuMMAP will be working on a new proposal and trying to work with HGA and others to come up with a unified proposal for Humboldt County. Supervisor Mark Lovelace is also working hard on the issue, so expect to see some progress soon. At this point, I don’t think the County will be taking anything up just yet.

  • Wendy

    I think we should look long and hard at these fees being proposed. What happens if the prices keep dropping? Will these fees be reasonable? They should be based on the market and not be set in stone with a specific dollar amount. Other imposed fees from this industry (that has now become everyone’s cash cow in some form) could make it very difficult for nonprofit collectives to get established. We should be examining all the costs involved from all the local agencies. In an economic climate like we are experiencing we should be stimulating growth and not hindering it. Regulations should be reasonable and acheivable.

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