Re-Opened Cannabis Ordinance Nearly Wrapped

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors last week) August 8, concluded a month-long series of meetings on cleaning up, tweaking, and amending its three-month-old Cannabis Ordinance. As has been the case with all things marijuana on the Supes’ agenda, the crowd overflowed the chambers. The big crowd served as talking point for Sheriff Tom Allman […]

Local Control Of Pot?

I think a lot of us who were players to one degree or another in this ever-evolving new marijuana world came into it with our eyes wide shut when it came to local control. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The idea was to let the people who are literally on the […]

“Enforce Your Pot Ordinance”

Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors held its second meeting eliciting public comment and discussing proposed changes to the county’s newly created cannabis ordinance. At the outset, the Board was addressed by the representatives of two state resource agencies, who pointedly but politely bared their fangs on the enforcement issue. CAL FIRE’s Unit Resource […]

Reeling In Outlaw Pot Grows

Sheriff Tells Supes: “The Free Reign Of Marijuana Has To Be Reeled In.” For the past month, I’ve written a series of columns focusing on the out-of-control, seemingly unchecked proliferation of both outlaw mega-grows and unsightly hoop greenhouses throughout this county, especially here in the north county area. I’ve asked folks — both legit growers […]

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 […]

Money Talk

The Board of Supervisors were told Tuesday the county’s finances are in pretty good shape following a mid-year budget review.  The real question, though, is how long will that healthy condition last? According to Acting County Administrative Officer Jim Anderson, the county “will likely end the fiscal year in a balanced financial position.” Dennis Huey, […]

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 […]