Trinity County making Humboldt look stupid: nearly doubles Humboldt’s issuance of marijuana permits in half the time

Remember how Humboldt County made history by being the first County to have a comprehensive commercial marijuana ordinance on the books? (The County’s words, not ours.)

Do you also remember how it’s going to take the County for-ev-er to process all the permits they’ve received?

(You can refresh yourself on that here: Planning Director’s estimate on processing pot permits: between 7 and 36 years for all permits received)

Well, let’s put Humboldt’s total f***ing failure to capitalize on the benefits of a legal marijuana industry (and curtail the negative aspects of it) by looking at a recent piece that appeared in the Trinity Journal relating to Trinity County’s efforts on marijuana regulation.

According to that piece, here’s the score:

Humboldt: 19 permits issued.

Trinity: 29 permits issued, with 4 more immediately pending.

Let’s also highlight this quote from Trinity Supervisor Keith Groves:

“There’s a huge misconception that Humboldt County’s ordinance is final. They have passed a land use ordinance, but haven’t gotten to anything else. I don’t think there’s a county in the state that’s as far in the process as we are. We’re ahead of Humboldt, and a lot of hours are being logged on these issues,” he said.

Groves also went on to say: “Trinity County has 33 signed licenses on file, “and Humboldt County has only 19. We also have more in the queue than they do.” He said Humboldt has no
regulations yet regarding marijuana testing labs or nurseries, and Trinity County’s Planning Commission has started to work on those topics for a final ordinance.

Never mind that the County of Humboldt had a big head start over Trinity on crafting a marijuana ordinance.

Oh – and never mind that the County of Trinity’s Planning and Building Department has, what, 5 employees? Compare that to the County of Humboldt’s Planning Department, which has 40 positions according to the budget. Also don’t be troubled by the fact that Trinity’s Planning Office is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And closed on Fridays, too.

But we’re totally sure that the County of Humboldt is logging plenty of hours on these issues, too – they’re just not producing any results.

Let’s hope John Ford can start making some headway on turning what is perhaps the worst local government department around soon. We’re rooting for him, but also skeptical – we’ve been through 5 former Supervisors, 5 current supervisors, and at least 3 Planning Directors who have failed to have any significant positive effects on Humboldt’s Planning Department.

Read the Trinity Journal article here: Marijuana permits issued by Planning Department

We’ve also reproduced the article in full below, too:

Marijuana permits issued by Planning Department
By Sally Morris

The Trinity Journal

Apr 12, 2017
A status report on the number of commercial marijuana cultivation permits issued by Trinity County as of last week indicates that more than 250 applications are either processed or
somewhere in the pipeline, and the Trinity County Planning Department office is working to staff up to meet the demand.
The county’s urgency ordinance adopted last August to regulate and license commercial
marijuana cultivation until state rules are in place next year caps the number of county
permits to be issued at 500.
Director of Transportation, Building and Planning Rick Tippett reported last week to the
Trinity County Board of Supervisors that a total of 75 applications were received for the 2016 growing season and as of last week, 29 licenses had been issued with at least four more immediately pending.
For the 2017 season, the county has received another 174 letters of intent to pull permits, meaning over 250 of the available permits are in the midst of being processed, and there’s
been an uptick in numbers still coming in.
Regarding renewals of 2016 permits, Tippett said the department was late in preparing
those forms, so rather than expiring at the end of March, the deadline to renew has been
extended to the end of May “as long as their fees are paid by the end of April.” The
department is also working with applicants who require a rezone of property in order to
pursue licensing.

He added that existing planning staff is very busy, “and we are interviewing. We should have more assistance there any day now.”

Sup. Keith Groves said Trinity County has 33 signed licenses on file, “and Humboldt County has only 19. We also have more in the queue than they do.” He said Humboldt has no regulations yet regarding marijuana testing labs or nurseries, and Trinity County’s Planning Commission has started to work on those topics for a final ordinance.
“There’s a huge misconception that Humboldt County’s ordinance is final. They have passed a land use ordinance, but haven’t gotten to anything else. I don’t think there’s a county in the state that’s as far in the process as we are. We’re ahead of Humboldt, and a lot of hours are being logged on these issues,” he said.
Groves noted the most recent count he’s heard is that 400 Regional Water Quality Control Board permits have been issued to growers in Trinity County, “so there is still room to
participate in our program.” A water board permit is one of the requirements for a county
license.

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11 Responses to Trinity County making Humboldt look stupid: nearly doubles Humboldt’s issuance of marijuana permits in half the time

  1. Miguel says:

    Trinity making Humboldt look stupid, doesn’t seem unusual.

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  2. Supervisors are a waste of our money. says:

    Humboldt’s supervisors make over $6,000 per month to live large and not much else. They’re as status quo as it gets..

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  3. Mac Towner says:

    Even Venezuela’s economic planning and development makes Humboldt look bad. Somebody with a brain should run against these idiots. Please!

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  4. Humboldt First says:

    If only we could aspire to the leadership of most third world countries. That would be a true step up.

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  5. Femmedeterra says:

    The writer of the opinion piece – blog post has zero credibility. Ignorance about the planning process in California and the related CEQA laws results in bad information such as this piece. Planning and marijuana permitting in Trinity County is nowhere near in-depth and cutting edge as what Humboldt is doing. The comparison is apples to oranges. People. please, get your facts straight before you go spouting off like you know what the fuck you are talking about, and back your spew up with facts, not opinion and hearsay.

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    • Stay tuned. We haven’t heard the last of Renee Saucedo and her mentor Pat Cleary/Humboldt Area Foundation. Pat’s the gift that keeps on giving….that is if you like if you enjoy reaching down for that bar of soap……

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