Elements of Humboldt County government have decided to cold-shoulder the public by enacting our first medical marijuana regulations. An ill-conceived draft ordinance will be discussed again at 6pm this Thursday, February 3rd at the Planning Commission meeting in the Supervisors’ chambers at the Courthouse in Eureka.
Citizens should come tell the Commissioners that this draft ordinance should be withdrawn, not fiddled with and sent on to the the Board of Supervisors. Its fatal flaws include:
* Banning edibles without discussion, while they become a multi-million dollar industry up and down the coast of California, and already have constructive draft regulations in some California cities;
* Banning cottage industries without defining them, though our tens of thousands of cottage industries are the economic backbone of Humboldt County;
* Requiring that anyone falling afoul of regulators bring their property up to all applicable codes, which may be impossible because it also…
* Requires that property title investigations determine if the property may have been conveyed in decades past in ways our Planning Department–and no one else in or out of government–disapproves of. Many thousands of otherwise perfectly legal parcels are ‘shaded’ in this way, and once shaded, often cannot be corrected. Shaded parcels can’t get permits, hence can’t be brought up to code. This regulatory roach motel for the first time is officially codified rather than informally inflicted.
Further, it applies urban zoning scales to rural areas and small towns, creating many absurdities such as effectively banning medical marijuana dispensaries from the entire town of Garberville, which is the market town for a large rural area and serves more than ten thousand residents plus many tourists off 101. Most other rural production centers similarly could not sustain or develop their local economies if this ordinance were in effect. It has no coherent economic plan in it, but explicitly damages and even bans sectors of our industry, instead of seeking to develop it.
You can download and read the document on the Humboldt County website here (.pdf)