Heaven Knows Where We’re Going

Sure, my wife Erin and I had some challenges on our recent month-long cruise through Asia on the Holland America ship Westerdam. We were caught at sea in the eye of a storm — COVID-19, coronavirus, which can produce a deadly form of pneumonia. Despite assurances from Holland America that all passengers were healthy — […]

Reflections of a Retired Pot Farmer

Twenty years ago, in our rural subdivision south of Laytonville, a man bought three parcels from the same Los Angeles heiress who also sold us our land. Dave, as I’ll call our neighbor, didn’t live here; he drove up from San Francisco on weekends — camping, hiking, stopping by to chat, share cookies and give […]

Cultivators Happy, Environmentalists ‘Shocked’

At a special community meeting in Willits on Monday, Oct. 19, the Board of Supervisors’ Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee surprised the audience with proposed changes to “Phase Three” of the county’s cultivation ordinance for 2020. Many farmers thanked the board. Local environmentalists were stunned. Speaking for the board’s Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee, 2nd District Supervisor […]

Cannabis Crisis in Humboldt County

More than 200 people packed the Mateel Community Center in Redway Thursday evening for “Community in Crisis,” a town hall to address the “drastic and immediate economic decline” of Humboldt from cannabis “fees and fines” that are putting many small cannabis farmers out of business. Emotions ran high at the meeting, as residents begged a […]

Pot Tourism To The Rescue?

Cannabis tourism might well rejuvenate Willits’ ailing economy and help small farmers stay in business. That was the conclusion of eight panelists and the keynote speaker at the CannaTourism forum Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Willits Little Lake Grange. “Farmers are in the most difficult situation and don’t know what to do next,” said the […]

The Price of a Pot Permit

Of the thousands of cannabis farmers in Mendocino County, 716 have applied this year for a medical cultivation permit under Chapter 10A.17 of the county code. The ordinance went into effect May 4. The county Department of Agriculture reported Sept. 12 that the county has issued 15 permits and denied 16. One applicant has been […]

Why We Dropped Out

UDJ reporter Ashley Tressel gravely misrepresented my July 11 remarks to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors during public comment on the county’s new cannabis cultivation regulations. What I said was that my partner and I have chosen not to apply this year for a county cultivation permit because the new regulations are too onerous […]

‘Jumping On A Moving Train’

More than 100 cannabis cultivators jammed into the Long Valley Garden Club Wednesday morning for a workshop on how to apply for a county permit to grow cannabis. The Laytonville workshop, one of four sponsored by the County of Mendocino Department of Agriculture April 19 and 20, featured speakers from several county departments as well […]

Emerald Cup Draws Thousands

State officials and cannabis activists at the 13th Annual Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa called for solidarity among farmers, environmentally sound agricultural practices and caution in creating onerous regulations. An estimated crowd of 30,000 poured into the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Dec. 10 and 11 to celebrate the fall cannabis harvest. Many sampled tinctures, salves, edibles, […]

The Emerald Cup — Out Of The Shadows

California Assemblymember Jim Wood and State Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma will participate in the 13th Annual Emerald Cup, Dec. 10 and 11 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. The Cup’s “Government Agencies” panel will provide a picture of the current regulatory climate, not only for the end-consumer, but also for cultivators […]

Medical Pot Cultivation Permits

Mendocino County Undersheriff Randy Johnson told a packed audience in Laytonville Thursday how to apply for a medical cannabis cultivator’s permit under the Urgency Ordinance passed by the Mendocino Board of Supervisors last month. Johnson said farmers will find “a lot of flexibility this year” in the program this year. “I’m not throwing anybody under […]

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