Calaveras County is kicking Humboldt’s ass at processing cannabis permits, and we found the reason why

Here’s some food for thought on the totally f***ed up way that Humboldt County has been processing and issuing commercial cannabis applications over the last year:

  • Total Calaveras County commercial cannabis applications processed and approved – 195.
  • Total of the same in Humboldt County – Under 100 as of early November

What’s so wrong with these numbers? Let’s see…

Well, first off, Calaveras had a 6 month head start on us, as they began vetting applications back in July of 2016. Even so, they’re out-pacing us.

Want to know something else interesting?

Calaveras has a grand total of 6 people working on their cannabis applications, and only two of them are full-time planners. One person is an administrative assistant, one’s a planner in training, and the other two are contract workers.

But it’s not like Humboldt County has like, three times the amount of people working to process permits than Calaveras does, right?

Actually, even wayyy back in May of this year, Director Ford talked about plans to have 19 people dedicated full-time to working on cannabis. THC is under the impression that since that time in May, even more temporary staffers have been brought aboard to deal with the absolutely overwhelming workload that the County’s planners are faced with.

Weird, huh?

However, THC has found that Calaveras’ relative success in processing permits does not stem from their superior intellect or ability when it comes to planning issues.

Their success can be directly attributed to the total lack of anyone named Steve Lazar in their department.

If only Humboldt’s Planning Director could take a lesson from THC’s extensive research into this matter.

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5 Responses to Calaveras County is kicking Humboldt’s ass at processing cannabis permits, and we found the reason why

  1. sandserat says:

    I spoke with Steve Lazar to bring light to the loss of coastal wetlands
    due to vegetation removal. His resolve?
    “Those wetlands don’t count.”

    Shazam, was that a unilateral decision or an environmental cluster-fuck by the entire department?

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  2. MOLA42 says:

    It’s not just Calavaras County that the planning director (or the County for that matter) could learn from: He could also have benefited from the experience of the States of Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the states which have already been through this process.

    Evidently, the Planning Department (and the County in general) enjoys the experience of reinventing the wheel each time a new problem presents itself.


  3. Rusty says:

    I don’t mean to be a smart-ass but with the population of only 44000 in Calaveras County they’re probably ahead of us because they’ve got nothing better to do.
    The bigger story is the huge set of black eyes Super Green Eco Groovy Arcata is about to receive. Seems about the same time all the massive new colossal power sucking indoor grows go online in 2018 the new Obama era Federal Clean Power Plan goes into affect and cities are supposed to be reducing there carbon footprint. Just like Tobacco, when it comes to tax income nothing else matters. Colorado and Oregon have the blinders on too. The hypocrisy of the suppose environmentalist continues.


  4. Rusty says:

    My point is Tobacco kills and Power Plants, be they diesel generators or natural gas powered turbines are spewing untold tons of pollutants into the atmosphere all for the sake of tax money and humans getting high. We should learn from the mistakes of the tobacco industry. The mistake is allowing it to continue to be an industry. Whos going to be paying off the lawsuit for the marijuana industry? Are we wearing the same set of Tobacco blinders ?

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