Mendo Pot Ordinance Enforcement

Two weeks ago, we ran a story on Calaveras County’s current marijuana dilemma. Calaveras, which like Mendocino County is rural, and not heavily populated, has recently legalized ganja leading to an explosion of mega-grows mostly from an invasion of outsiders. As the story pointed out, “Calaveras is an economically depressed county of 45,000 residents, a […]

Mendocino County’s Reefer Madness

People kid me about how much I write and talk about pot in my newspaper, Mendocino County Observer, and on my radio show. The reason is simple. The legalization of ganja is the most significant legislation and public policy created in the past 40 years. It rivals the impact of the voter-enacted Prop 13, which […]

Playing By The Rules

The county is holding meetings this week in Laytonville, Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and Boonville to publicly unveil its newly-minted “Track and Trace” system that will, well, track and trace ganja from seed to whatever its end use might be. According to the statement released by the County Executive Office, “The County of Mendocino has selected […]

Pot Economics 101

Ever since the legalization of med-pot in the fall of 2015 and the voter-approved legalization of so-called recreational pot (“rec-pot”) last November, I’ve used this column and air time on my KPFN radio program talking about the perils of financial planning and economic forecasting if you own a private sector business or work in government […]

Times Are Changing

At our Laytonville Water District meeting last week, the Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the California Coastal Commission recommending that it approve a grant request from the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP). In the letter, we set out some of our reasons for supporting ERRP’s grant application for its Ten Mile creek […]

Colfax’s Finest Hour

For years it seems I’ve written about the shadow government which as time goes by is exercising more and more power in our governing process. I’m speaking, of course, of government by consultancy. The consultant sector is one of the fastest growing industries in America. While consultants have been around forever, their influence on the […]