MCPC Signature Drive Fails

The Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council came up short of the 5,004 verified signatures it sought by June 22 to place the Mendocino Cannabis Commission 2015 initiative on the county’s fall ballot. The initiative would have created a commission to oversee and promote farmer-friendly cannabis policies and regulations. According to the MCPC, the organization gathered 2,798 […]

KZYX Celebrates Its Birthday

Turning 25 years old is a big deal for a community radio station created by a band of dreamers in the Anderson Valley, operating on a shoestring, and broadcasting 24 hours a day – music, news and public affairs, both local and national — to nearly all parts of far-flung Mendocino County.

Big Vision, Small Town

Holly Madrigal made a decision in 2000 that would change her life. She headed home to Willits after college instead of moving to Silicon Valley, where many of her fellow economics majors at the University of California Santa Cruz were snapping up high-paying jobs in the trillion-dollar dot.com industry. Out near Northspur, in Mendocino County, […]

Can The Sheriff Protect Pot Growers From Vigilantes?

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told more than 100 people in Laytonville Sunday, Aug. 31, that he would come to the aid of medical cannabis growers if helicopter vigilantes raided them. “The answer is ‘yes,’” Allman said near the end of his talk, when pressed for an answer by a concerned audience member. “I want […]

SoCo Pot Doc’s Successes

One of the nation’s first licensed medical doctors to treat patients with cannabis spoke to a packed house at the Laytonville Garden Club on June 15 about the remarkable results he’s had treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Alzheimer’s disease, and many other conditions with cannabis. Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, a Sebastopol physician and president of the […]

Leave The Small Growers Alone

A new political action group that will advocate on behalf of local medical marijuana growers held its first public meeting Monday, June 16, at the Laytonville Grange. The leaders of the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council said they would work to ensure that county and state laws regulating medical marijuana are fair to mom and pop […]

Medical Cannabis Law Still Alive

A comprehensive system for regulating the production, distribution, sale and taxation of medical marijuana in California could pass the State Assembly this week. AB 1894, written by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF), was voted out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee Friday, clearing the way for votes by the full Assembly this week. The Medical Cannabis Regulation […]

Pot Patients Need Their Meds

Medical marijuana patients are “desperate” for high-CBD pot, the president and chief scientist of a cannabis-testing lab told a packed audience of marijuana growers at the Long Valley Garden Club in Laytonville on Mother’s Day. Samantha Miller of Pure Analytics in Santa Rosa said high-CBD marijuana, or cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating form of cannabis, can be […]

THC & The Teen Brain

A Bay Area drug educator urged Mendocino County parents to talk to their kids about the potential effects of regular marijuana use on children’s brains. “What scares me is that this weed today really, really works,” substance abuse educator Ralph Cantor told a group of Laytonville community members at Harwood Hall in Laytonville on May […]

Pot Law Chaos Confab

“Chaos” is how Julia Carrera, consultant to a new medical marijuana trade group, described the state of current marijuana laws. At a workshop in Laytonville Saturday on the 2014 growing season, Carrera, an inspector for the Small Farmers Association, painted a bleak picture of the contradictory laws and practices related to marijuana. Most Mendocino County […]