THC was astonished to see that our venerable Supervisors took a united stand against a clearly bullshit policy proposal from the state when we learned that Humboldt’s Supervisors objected to the County’s inclusion in a safe injection program.
But then we read the letter that all but one member of the Board approved sending to the state regarding AB 186, which would allow certain cities to provide safe sites to inject drugs for drug users. And let’s just say that their stance was less than firm, and even seemed to show some interest in bringing the program to Humboldt – with some conditions, of course.
Turns out that safe injection sites are a really bad idea, unless our Supervisors come up with the idea, and get input on how much money they’re given in order to implement the program.
This action from the Supervisors went from being a blunt and final refusal of a – let’s say it again – ludicrous program proposal and instead turned into a whiny letter that complains because the state didn’t ask us about our feelings first.
Bohn may be blunt, and may often sound like an ass, but at least he didn’t tip-toe around the issue. Bass, Fennell, Sundberg, and Wilson, on the other hand, decided to show just how strong their spines are by playing hard to get.
Even better, the Supervisors would love the opportunity to opt in to such a program if it suits them, so don’t go thinking that the County of Humboldt is out of the woods on this program just yet.
THC would argue that we can already see the effects of lax enforcement on drug use all over the streets and green belts, and that potentially instructing people on how to be better at doing drugs is a stupid, stupid idea that will only exacerbate the problem.
Of course, it occurs to us that the Supervisors complained AB 186 should be state funded, so in the end, and as always, leaving the door open may just be about the County government putting their hands out for even more money.
If that happens, the County will hire more ineffective people, and create more opportunity for drug users.
Catch the full text of Virginia Bass’ letter kind-of-sort-of refusing safe injection sites here: Humboldt Supervisors’ Letter re: AB 186
Be sure to note the following: “the Board would support the existing legislation if amended to include an opportunity to”opt in” after such community conversations have
They’re not saying no – just taking a rain check.
THC Bonus: Here’s John Chiv’s opinion on the issue.