Mendo Pot Regs: Maybe Next Year

Cannabis farmers and their supporters got a shock Monday when they learned from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors that the county’s medical cannabis cultivation permits won’t be ready until October at the earliest — when the growing season is essentially over. An assistant county counsel and the county’s planning chief said the cause of […]

Ad Hoc-ing Mendo’s Pot Rules

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee unveiled its recommendations for countywide medical cannabis cultivation permits Tuesday. If revised and adopted by the board quickly, permits could be issued in late spring or summer by the county Department of Agriculture. In an unusually upbeat meeting at the supervisors’ chambers in Ukiah, cannabis […]

Meeting ‘White-Market Needs’

More than 1,100 people jammed the Mateel Community Center Saturday, Feb. 20, for eight panels on hot cannabis topics: seed breeding; creating “louder” terpenes; establishing appellations and terroir; bioremediation and sustainable organic farming methods; local and state regulations; best business practices, and patient access. In a carnival-like atmosphere, exhibitors in tents outside the Mateel hawked […]

‘It’s Like Living In A War Zone!’

Opponents of the rubberized asphalt plant on Outlet Creek thought for a moment on Friday, Jan. 29, that they had won their fight to close the Grist Creek Aggregates rubberized asphalt plant on the Covelo Road near Highway 101. For five hours, speaker after speaker at the Ukiah City Council Chambers offered emotional testimony to […]

20,000 Pack The Emerald Cup

It was a party. It was a giant smoke-in — near the vast 215 medical cannabis area. It was a music and food fest. And it was a venue for some very serious panels on medical cannabis cultivation, treatment and legalization issues. The 2015 Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Dec. 12 and 13 […]

Foul Air Plagues Neighbors

The Mendocino County Air Quality Management District (MCAQMD) and Grist Creek Aggregates are negotiating a settlement agreement related to the company’s smelly asphalt plant in Longvale. Air Pollution Control Officer Robert Scaglione said he thought an agreement would be reached some time after Thanksgiving. After receiving many complaints of foul and noxious air from the […]

Asphalt Plant Sues Air Quality District

Grist Creek Aggregates, owner of the site producing rubberized asphalt on Covelo Road, about two miles east of Highway 101, has filed a lawsuit against Mendocino Air Quality Management District and Mendocino Air Quality Control Officer Robert Scaglione. The suit claims that the Air Quality District’s Oct. 22 Notice of Suspension to Grist Creek, if […]

County Fines Asphalt Plant

The Mendocino County Air Quality Management District has served Grist Creek Aggregates in Longvale with a Notice of Violation for: operating without a permit; fugitive emissions, and a diesel airborne toxic control measure violation. The county fined the company $21,953. The most serious violation, operating without a permit, refers to the fact that the Grist […]

Navigating The New Pot Rules

The California Growers Association held a free community workshop Saturday, Oct. 24, to explain the complex web of permits, licenses and regulations in the state’s new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, when voters passed the Compassionate Use […]

Talen Barton Sentenced To 71 Years To Life

Nineteen-year-old old Talen C. Barton was sentenced Tuesday to 71 years to life in prison for the Laytonville stabbing murders of Coleman Palmieri and his 17-year-old son Teo Palmieri, and for the attempted murders of Cindy Norvell, M. D., and her brother Theodore Norvell, Ph.D, of Newfoundland, Canada. Barton pled guilty to those crimes last […]

Growers Get Ready

Local cannabis farmers received some expert advice Aug. 15 from Samantha Miller, president and chief chemist of Pure Analytics testing laboratory in Santa Rosa, and Casey O’Neill, chair of the board of the Emerald Growers Association and co-owner of Happy Day Farm Miller told the group that to survive in the exploding cannabis marketplace farmers should […]