With all of the chatter surrounding the Board of Supervisors revising the Measure S tax on marijuana this past week, it would have been easy to miss some of the more subtle political undercurrents swirling around marijuana’s attempts to go legit.
We almost skipped over one of the most brow-raising tidbits to come out of the affair, but thankfully we haven’t laid into the doobies just quite yet today.
Thanks to the handy Times-Standard article below, we learned something new: Natalynne DeLapp-Hinton, formerly the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center, has taken over the role as Operations Director at the relatively new Humboldt County Growers Association.
Or, we should say, the Times-Standard Article reminded us of the very bleak reality concerning many of the participation of our most prominent environmental groups and leaders in the marijuana industry. Y’know, before it was legal and before those same groups would even consider broaching the subject of cannabis’ detrimental effects on our environment.
The article in question: Supes okay change to tax code
THC ran a few stories last year on how environmentalists both nurtured and took advantage of the big pot rush in the years leading up to Measure S’ passage. (See below for a full recount.)
The Times-Standard’s snippet of DeLapp-Hinton’s statement to the Board of Supervisors is small, and unfortunately the video of the meeting wasn’t accessible at the time of writing. We’ll update later once we’re able to go through it.
But what that little snippet did highlight is this: many environmental groups were too scared to touch the subject of marijuana because attacking the industry for environmental damage conflicted with a lot of their supporters activities, their groups’ revenue streams, and with the activities of some of their own.
Since Measure S came on the scene, some groups gave lip service to needing to protect the environment from cannabis. But we’ll bet you big bucks that they’ll raise a much louder fuss over the relatively inconsequential Caltrans project over in Richardson’s Grove.
Hell, even Rex freakin’ Bohn came out with a stronger statement on the necessity of environmental protections than the former environmental “advocate” did. (Do your best not to laugh.)
Here’ s Bohn, per the T-S:
““We have 12,000 grows out there. We have to do something to protect our environment,” he added later.” He added later, “You need to pay to play.””
We’ll say this for the County’s efforts to regulate cannabis – it sure is allowing folks to show their true colors and pursue their biggest passions. Look no further than former environmental leaders going to bat for the cannabis industry as proof.
Here’s a recap of our rather extensive look at how environmentalists helped create the green rush:
Here’s a highlight from the first one:
“…we disagree…on the point that these”well-meaning” environmental groups are blind to the effects of cultivation “by denial or omission.” This is not the case at all; the issue of degradation is ignored because those groups are largely supported and funded by people who have vested interests in the green rush economy. What’s more, many of the people involved with running groups like the NEC and EPIC and Friends of the Eel River are directly tied to, and profit from, the marijuana industry that rapes the same Humboldt land and waterways that the groups proclaim need protecting.”
Go check out the rest!