Supervisors are high on pot and “proud” of it

Did you catch the part of CCVH co-founder Luke Bruner’s speech in which he likened cannabis farmers to slaves? Give the kid credit, that’s bold. Almost as bold as forming an organization that claims to support – nay, require! – environmentally sound growing practices, while in the meantime one of the most prominent founding members is busy straight-up raping Mother Nature.

That issue, however, is not in The Humboldt Consequential’s wheelhouse. Look to the Tuluwat Examiner (yes, even though they called us Arkley! The nerve!), or the Honorable John Chiv (who recently participated in some delightfully nasty rumour-mongering here on THC) for that sort of stuff.

What is of great concern is how frickin’ high the Humboldt County Stupidvisors seem to be on the business of pot. Don’t believe us?

Well…How about Estelle Fennell allowing a breach of protocol in a Supervisors’ meeting so CCVHer’s and their minions could celebrate because the statement they read about marijuana was “a little bit of history”? How about Rex Bohn telling Bruner that he could have been a preacher and that he (Rex) was in need of saving? How about Mark Lovelace falling all over himself to say he was eager for a “normal, rational, proud relationship with this (THC edit: illegal!) industry”?

Don’t believe us? Check it!

No word on exactly what Sundberg said, and Virginia was rather silent. (We’re guessing that Matt Owen told her to keep quiet until he could decide what her position should be following his back room, criminal syndicate-esque meeting with Bruner.)

Now, let’s get one thing straight: THC doesn’t hate pot. (We do hate people saying you can’t call it pot, or hooch, or whatever. Cannabis sounds like something you go to the doctor to get checked for.) Never took much a liking to using it, but hey, you gotta get your kicks somehow. Furthermore, THC is not against a regulated marijuana industry. Quite the opposite, in fact.

What we are against is the Supervisors blindly following along with CCVH’s marijuana machinations, and largely ignoring public outcry about the legitimacy of CCVH’s proposed ordinance. And you know what, forget about the merits – or lack thereof – of CCVH’s proposal. Maybe it’s good, maybe not. But would it kill the Supervisor’s to actually listen to what the majority of the Humboldt public is saying about this stuff, and act accordingly?

Furthermore – and more to THC’s long delayed point – it seems that, contrary to Bruner’s speech on the Courthouse steps, that it is not cannabis farmers that are the slaves: it is our Supervisors who are set to become slaves to the marijuana industry.

We understand here at the THC that pot is not going away. We aren’t necessarily bitchin’ about it either. A regulated marijuana industry could be a cash cow for the County, and Lord knows they need that.

But how about the Supervisors spend some time on money focusing on other aspects of the Humboldt economy, and other possibilities for it to expand?

What about the common, non-marijuana related working people in this county? Where’s all the attention and effort and general hullabaloo about what the Supervisors are doing for us? You know, the same people that voted them into office, and actually contributed to the tax base of the County coffers.

Oh, that’s right. They are doing practically nothing! So while most of us are mired in a bottom of the barrel financial existence, living on ridiculously low yearly incomes, the Supervisors are drooling all over themselves to appease their Marijuana Masters.

Let’s hope they come back from the moon in time to see that they have to answer to the rest of us, too.

 

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10 Responses to Supervisors are high on pot and “proud” of it

  1. Luke Bruner says:

    Hey, I think your blog is the most entertaining of the local anon. blogs 😀

    As a matter of fairness, my phrase was a reference to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers_of_the_world,_unite!
    “Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains!”
    I hope this helps. Drop me an email if you want to do an interview.

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    • “Hey, I think your blog is the most entertaining of the local anon. blogs :-D”

      High, cough, cough, praise indeed! Especially so from such a discerning connoisseur! Come back often and have a chance at some free stuff. Better yet why not send us some samples of your stuff to pass around the drum circle! Thanks too for being such a good sport about some good natured kidding. As we mentioned we don’t have any problem with Humboldt’s number one export. We’d just prefer that it wasn’t our only export and it really bugs us that our highly and over paid staff and elected officials aren’t doing shit about diversification into anything else.

      Anyone wonder why we have an Economic Development Department at all? They do nothing for the millions that they cost us and besides the Planning Department runs off anybody that tries to build here anyway. It’s a Humboldt trifecta, 1-no one tries to encourage business, 2-we waste our scant resources on idiots who don’t even know what it would take, and 3-Our ever growing mountain of needless regulation scares away anybody stupid enough to try to accomplish anything on their own. Three guesses as to what this is a recipe for? A few more years and we will only be able to pray for an economy as booming as Chernobyl.

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      • Luke Bruner says:

        THC,

        My opinion is that we need a comprehensive multi-product export plan. I concur with you.

        However, I’m basicly a one trick pony. Since cannabis is the #1, I think it’s the method by which we generate the revenue to build the rest. Further, I think it is neccessary for the existing small farms to come into environmental compliance for more tourists to come experience eco tourism. Wine country is a 1 trick pony for tourism, but we can have a whole diversity of small things amidst the glory of nature.

        I hope you would be willing to read our ordinance and evaluate it on its own merits. What do you think?

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  2. Sammy says:

    Thank you THC for telling it like it is – they are Raping mother nature. We agree with not caring because we don’t use and it should be regulated as much as the construction industry is and provide our county with the income it needs (even though it is still federally NOT an agricultural product) via taxes. THEN there will be a level playing field.

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  3. John Chiv says:

    THC I would never accuse you of being the Humboldt Mirror, who I miss on the local blog scene. I may have a guess to your identity and/or the man/men behind your curtain but is it really important?

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  4. Milldoin says:

    People like Luke are trying to place a pretty face on ugly criminal activity. What he doesn’t tell you is the pot industry fuels the inner-city gangs, and is responsible for thousands of deaths among black youths.
    The PR campaign lead by Luke and the likes of Richard Marks, and Bonney Neely is masking the fact that organized crime is at the root of this business.
    I think when the truth comes out there may be many political career’s ruined.

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  5. Sammy says:

    8:51: I agree; hope it happens sooner than later. Happy 4th!

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  6. URI says:

    Humboldt County’s marijuana industry has operated in the shadows for decades, while at the same time becoming a larger and larger element in our community. It is good that the discussion as to how it would be regulated, if recreational use becomes legal, is coming forward. However the brash attempt to take over the discussion by the California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH) is simply not acceptable.
    Of course it is going to be awkward stepping into the light after operating in the black market for all these years, but CCVH took a wrong turn in creating an ordinance that completely ignores relevant issues already brought up by the environmental community and others. Claiming “victory” was far too premature.
    If we are to assume that 2016 brings a ballot measure that is successful in legalizing recreational use, there are many other factors that would need to be addressed in any relevant ordinance. Among them would be what could be allowed to be used to grow these plants that people are going to be inhaling into their lungs. Stricter than organic standards should to be set solidly in place and be palatable to the end user. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and certain chemical fertilizers, should be allowed if we are going to consider our Humboldt brand marijuana any better than tobacco.
    Also missing from the proposed ordinance is any way to pay for all the regulation and enforcement. While it was easy to recruit a lot of tax free dollars for their cause, CCVH’s efforts would have seemed more sincere if there was that kind of money put towards the huge costs associated with regulating farms and the cleanup of abandoned grows.
    Certainly the prospect of turning timber lands into patchwork grow sites needs to be further addressed as EPIC director Natalynne DeLapp and others have mentioned. Forest soils unsuitable for marijuana cultivation has led to massive transport of topsoil from sometimes hundreds of miles away. The diverting of scant water from creeks to ridgetops in order to feed thirsty plants is far from green as we all know.
    If indeed there is to be a need for large amounts of marijuana to be grown in Humboldt County, perhaps the Samoa industrial site is most suited. The county and/or the Harbor district could develop a co-op type facility where Humboldt residents could rent an area that has been converted into a greenhouse and share processing and growing equipment. Regulations and security would be rather simple to enforce. While not maybe a coastal dependent industry, it is heavily water dependent and there is plenty available that is not being diverted from streams. Fox Farm is already making soils nearby and growers, excuse me farmers, should even be able to utilize the organic byproduct from the aquaculture enterprise that may also be developed on the old industrial site.
    The Humboldt “brand” could evolve from the mountain top stripping, stream water robbing, pesticide poisoning, cartel controlled dope into a converted industrial wasteland, permaculture, cooperatively produced, better than organic cannabis.
    The multiple research aspects of such a facility could be a very valuable component worth developing as well.
    High cannabinoid, low THC strains being developed for medicinal purposes would fall under different classifications as would “personal“ gardens of under say 5 plants per household per year.
    If dope growers actually do want to evolve into cannabis farmers they may want to listen to what the rest of the community has to say.

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