Noah Levy did something interesting, recently. He exercised the power of the Minority Opinion, usually reserved for the frickin’ Supreme Court (not appointed County Planning Commissioners), in order to express his dissatisfaction with the marijuana policy draft submitted by the Planning Commission. (Of note: Levy was the only dissenting opinion.)
THC loves dissent. We make it a point to dissent at least three times daily. Hell, we’ve dissented three times since the beginning of this post!
But what we don’t like is when someone like Levy is spoon-fed a bunch of bullshit and regurgitates near-verbatim. Of course, what we mean is this:
If you go back and check the Planning Commission meetings since Noah Levy was appointed, you’ll see that Noah has had, far and away, the poorest meeting attendance of any of the Commissioners. Hey, we get it, it’s not a glamorous job – but his ability to adequately and fully understand issues presented to the Commission is severely impacted as a result. (Good choice, Mark Lovelace, good choice!)
What’s more is that the Planning Commission, working under the illusion of a March 1st, 2016 deadline, met pretty ridiculous amount of times throughout November in order to keep the marijuana ordinance on track. Guess who didn’t make it to the majority of meetings.
That’s right, Noah Levy.
(Just in case you are wondering, yes, that is a mugshot. It’s from when Levy got arrested for drunk driving…OMG! That totally explains why he doesn’t make it to meetings; maybe he doesn’t have a license anymore.)
Anyways, Levy took it upon himself to pen his minority opposition letter – to accompany the letter that the rest of the Planning Commission wrote for the B.o.S. – even though he hadn’t bothered to attend as many meetings as literally anyone else. Both letters can be viewed below:
To give Levy a break, maybe he wrote the letter out of sheer ignorance of the information provided to the rest of the Planning Commissioners. Although that’s not the most desirable excuse for an appointed official, we could at least sort of understand that.
But it is THC’s fear that not only was Levy ill-informed due to his decidedly lacking participation, he also – in a fit of idiocy he must have inherited from Lovelace – turned to some real jerks for his “dissenting” talking points.
Chiefly, we are talking about Humboldt’s enviro-nut crowd, like Jen Kalt. Check out this piece she penned for EcoNews, published just one day before Levy’s letter was sent to the Supes. Notice anything similar about the points raised in Kalt’s article as compared to Levy’s?
Oh yeah! We’ve got it now! They’re the exact f***ing same!
Coincidence? We think not, fellow Humboldtians. In fact, we think it stinks to high heaven.
What’s worse than Kalt and Co. having their hands so far up Levy’s ass that they’re making his lips move is the pseudo-environmentally protective stance that these cronies are claiming to take.
Take the push for a hard cap placed on the number of permits distributed that certain environmentally-minded folks are pushing for. Specifically, the fact Levy and Kalt argue that new grows should not be allowed, while grows that have existed and operated – completely illegally – in the past should be allowed to continue. Now isn’t that one of the most hypocritical things THC has heard in a long time!
THC’s interpretation of it is this: any “environmental” group who is purportedly trying to save our County from the evils of cannabis cultivation, while also maintaining such a conflicted stance on the issue, are either: A.) completely inept, or, B.) in it for the benefit of themselves or their friends.
Trying to push an ordinance under the guise of environmental protection while allowing the same people, who have been illegally raping and destroying Humboldt’s natural resources for years, to continue doing so to the exclusion of people who waited patiently to begin growing legally, is not just asinine: it is reprehensible.
Hell, even Dan Ehresman had to resign from his position at NEC – probably because of the huge workload he anticipates from being one of the lucky criminal-turned legal cultivators that are provided for by the changes being pushed for by the NEC, Jen Kalt, and Levy. If they successfully push out competition, he’ll probably be flooded with work!
Now, we don’t think that all the points in Levy’s letter are poor. And we definitely don’t think that the marijuana draft from the Planning Commission is perfect (not by a looong shot!).
But we just think it would be nice if Levy, Kalt, and Co. were more honest about their motivations behind pushing for an ordinance that would be of such clear benefit to long-time outlaws and law-breakers and have such negative impacts on people who want to grow the legal and conscientious way.
So, we would actually suggest to the Board of Supervisors to completely ignore Levy’s letter and disregard his, ahem, “opinion,” and to focus on the recommendations borne of exhaustive opportunities for public comment and much deliberation by (most) of the Planning Commission. Maybe if Levy had been there more often, he’d have been able to get his 2 cents in. And Jen Kalt’s, too.