County of Humboldt Planning Director John Ford was kind enough to give this response to a friend of THC’s inquiry about the total number of commercial cannabis permit application received before year’s end; Ford was also gracious enough to provide an estimate on how many permits the County would work through by year’s end.
Here’s the exchange:
Now, there are a couple of points we’d like to make about this: first, the Planning Department “taking action” on an application is, of course, not the same thing as approving it.
More importantly, let’s look at the anticipated rate of action-taking on permits. Ford (very generous) estimate that the County will take action on 300 of the 2,773 applications received this year means that – at the rate of 300 per year – we will be well into 2024, maybe even 2025, before the first round of applications are addressed. (Assuming the County doesn’t allow more applications in the future.)
But if you, like THC, are pretty damn skeptical about 300 applications being processed by year’s end, then you might want to consider the rate at which applications are being approved/processed now.
In terms of approved permits, we’ve got 19 so far, for a rough rate of 76 per year. Which would mean it will take over 36 years to get through all of the submitted apps should they be completed. 36 years in the future is also known as 2053.
This gives us an effective estimate of between 7 and 36 years for the County to handle their work on processing cannabis permits.
Which, as we are sure you are aware, is a big f***ing joke.
All told, this should be taken as yet another indication that the Supervisors didn’t have the faintest clue what they were getting into when they jumped into bed with the cannabis business. Far from cannabis turning into a cash cow, the green industry is turning into a massive drain on the County’s resources.
Of course, all the people waiting in line to get their applications processed once they’ve completed them shouldn’t be too concerned. By the time the County gets through the process – even if it happens in the shortest amount of time predicted – the majority of people won’t have the ability or even want to use those permits, as the green rush will have moved on after picking our area’s bones clean.
Which is a real darn shame, seeing as how the County and various cities in Humboldt have done their very best to completely screw over non-cannabis businesses in the short term. By the time cannabis in Humboldt collapses, those businesses won’t have the ability because zero effort has been made to invest in their success by our local governments. Hell, most of the businesses getting chased out by pot might not even be around anymore.
Be sure to thank your representatives when that time comes.