Pubdate: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
Source: Arcata Eye (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Arcata Eye
Source: Arcata Eye (CA)
Author: Jackie Wellbaum
Note: Arcata resident Jackie Wellbaum is a former pharmaceutical 
industry professional now exploring cannabis branding.
Cited: California NORML
Cited: Proposition 19
Bookmark: (Proposition 19)


So you want to get into the pot business minus the arrests, jail time 
and constant fear? Got some extra cash? Soon your elected officials 
could begin to offer you help going legitimate. For those with years 
of experience growing and selling illegal pot and for newcomers with 
bank accounts and entrepreneurial spirit, Humboldt County could soon 
become your best grow bro.

Whether or not California Proposition 19 (Tax and Control Cannabis) 
is passed by voters on Nov. 2, the California pot industry is 
undergoing structural changes with little or no centralized voice or 
leadership. Used to rolling their own joints, as a group the local 
pot industry may be less comfortable growing its own pot law.

As a highly lucrative but closeted industry, Humboldt County pot 
professionals now have an historic opportunity to take a leading role 
in writing and implementing future county pot law--the same laws they 
may soon have to abide by. County ordinances applied here in Humboldt 
are certain to be closely watched, cut and pasted throughout the 
state and will be studied for impacts as-yet seen only in certain 
European countries.

Should pot industry-friendly cannabis ordinances adopted by Humboldt 
county spread throughout California, they are also likely to spread 
throughout the country like other cultural and political trends.

We could soon live in a nation that praises the ganja and redirects 
law enforcement officers to the unemployment lines. The vision of 
lots of old ex-cops and corrections officers standing in welfare 
lines warms my cold heart.

Vote. Party on. Repeat.

My dears, you've elected officials in Humboldt County who have been 
aware of the pot industry but who have not yet fully outlined how 
they might position the region to unlock the economic potential of a 
legitimate pot industry.

Humboldt County pot professionals and their elected officials are in 
a unique time and place in history to exert state-wide leadership on 
regulatory issues surrounding cannabis job creation, environmental 
stewardship and reasonable taxation.

Some county supervisors and other elected officials currently attend 
pot industry public meetings such as this past summer's Bayside 
Grange gathering sponsored by the Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory 
Panel (HumMAP). Elected officials unafraid to sit at the table with 
local cannabis industry voters include Bonny Neely and Mark Lovelace 
at the county supervisor level and Susan Ornelas, vice mayor of Arcata.

Candidates running for Humboldt county supervisor including Eureka's 
Mayor Virginia Bass were recently interviewed on KMUD radio. Ms. Bass 
spoke inarticulately about the cannabis industry when asked about the 
kind of leadership position she would take at the county level should 
she be elected supervisor and should Proposition 19 pass on Nov. 2.

Despite having indicated that she grew up in the area, here's another 
local politician who has no imagination.

Where are the "big-picture" visions for a legitimate, tremendously 
influential cannabis industry? Where is the policy to back it up? Ms. 
Bass did however speak of her belief that attracting new industries 
into the county would reduce unemployment levels. Got wtf?

Why look only outside the county for new industries willing to 
re-locate to Humboldt when we have an industry here that needs great 
care and business incubation services?

A thriving legitimate pot industry would require the services of 
highly professional ancillary businesses such as commercial grow 
experts, safety professionals, scientists, pot processors, packagers 
and large storage warehouses.

Finally, to get it all out of Humboldt you'd need distributors, 
shipping companies and a huge, educated sales force that could travel 
the state writing large orders for our emeralds.

Speaking of imagination-free zones, 
gruff-white-Republican-male-sounding Mike Thompson, our democratic 
liaison to Congress, recently bumbled right through the same KMUD 
query regarding Federal-level acceptance of the California cannabis industry.

For this Mike Thompson should promptly be unplugged from the network 
and reprogrammed to be a trans-gender trimmer-chick in order for him 
to regain his long-lost humility. For those of you who don't know 
about these things, this would be like Mike Thompson dying and coming 
back as a cockroach with no employer-sponsored health insurance to 
pay for transgender equestrian hormone pills.

Congressman Thompson's demonstration of disdain and feigned ignorance 
of the massive amount of much-needed cash the California pot industry 
generates in just his First Congressiona

l District (Humboldt, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Del Norte and Lake 
Counties) was embarrassing to hear.

Far worse is the complete inability of local politicians to speak of 
the lonely and shameful transition their constituents are making from 
dreaded, dirty, closeted pot-industrialists to legitimacy, sunlight 
and respect.

It's your Karma trimmer-tranny. Don't make it ours, dude.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of the California branch of the 
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Ellen 
recently released to the public an example of what a Humboldt County 
Cannabis Ordinance might look like.

Ellen has been seeking public comment through HumMAP's website, where 
the latest version of CA NORML's proposed county cannabis ordinance 
can be found.

Please dog, take charge of your own pot laws. Go to, 
download the CA NORML draft ordinance, print it out and send it to 
your local elected officials with your comments. And don't forget to 
copy Ellen.

Without further delay, the local pot industry must exert its wants 
and needs through homegrown local law. As you are deciding how you'd 
like to be regulated and taxed, or even if you're voting no on 19, 
let's encourage our elected officials and those running in 2010 races 
to present us with an articulate plan which will support the local 
cannabis industry in exerting statewide leadership on regulatory 
issues and reasonable taxation.
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MAP posted-by: Richard Lake