How much has Humboldt County spent on processing cannabis permits? That’s anybody’s guess, and there won’t be any accounting anytime soon.
Will all of the public money being poured into regulating the cannabis industry actually see a return on investment? With the uncertainty in the market, there’s no way of knowing.
What we do know is that the County keeps shelling out tons of money to grease the wheels of the big pot machine they think they’re building.
The Supervisors’ agenda item from this past Tuesday merely mentions an increase of $300,000 per consulting firm that has contracted to help the idiots at the County process cannabis permits.
If you dig a little deeper – or read the Times-Standard – you’ll see that the Supervisor’s actually awarded $1.8 million more to these consulting firms.
It’s really interesting to see just how far the County will go, and how much they’ll spend, to try and keep the cash cow they’ve saddled themselves to going.
It’s just too bad they won’t go to the same lengths to try and fix our housing problems, or public safety, or the economy – or, you know, any of the other massive problems facing Humboldt County at the moment.
Of course, when the cannabis economy collapses, and the County government is out millions of dollars because they failed to get enough people through the permitting process to capitalize on taxes while the getting was good, where will that leave us?
Hopefully with new Supervisors, if nothing else. We can all celebrate their ouster while we’re on the side of the road begging for scraps.