We just had to highlight one of the most recent idiotic decisions by the Supervisors: instituting a tax that makes it relatively impossible for legitimate pot growing in Humboldt to stand a fighting chance against competition elsewhere in the State.
Yes, we know: the purpose of legalization was taxation. Make no bones about it, the only reason that the County hopped on board the pot legalization train was to squeeze some sweet, green bucks out of that stinky green industry.
The LoCO notes that Supervisor Estelle Fennell says that it was important to “not overdo it” with the proposed tax measure, and she was right. Problem is, that’s exactly what this proposed measure does. It likely prices people out of the market completely when compared to other areas in California that haven’t jumped on the same train. So much for using pot money to benefit the County and the environment – there’s not going to be any money. Especially considering that, what, 44 people have submitted applications since the ordinance took effect? What a shame. Or sham, depending on who you ask.
THC is starting to believe all the rumors about Rex, Estelle and Ryan crafting the cannabis ordinance, and now this tax measure, with the purpose of keeping pot underground for the benefit/profit of some of their close friends and primary contributors.