Proposed Humboldt County pot regs stink
Friends: I have finally had time to look at the proposed ordinance. It is BULLSHIT. It is an effort to insure we do not have a marijuana industry. But it is even worse. Sorry if your toes are in my way. Here is why it should be withdrawn entirely.
- No odor allowed. But do you remember the truly horrible odor that came for decades from the LP pulp mill? It made Eureka actually unlivable for many. What do you suppose the County did about it? Or suppose you have been to the Ferndale Valley recently. Why is “the Ferndale Dairyaire” such a well known joke? The Valley often reeks with the intense smell of cow shit, enormously worse than any marijuana. What do you suppose the County does about it? Do you get the drift here yet?
- Take diesel spills – banned here. A legitimate concern, yes. But at probably every single farm or ranch in Humboldt there is a diesel fuel tank sitting on spindly legs, and beneath the spigot there is a plume of diesel going down probably twenty feet. What does the County do about this? And consider that many pesticides that are used widely on forest lands require a diesel carrier. This means thousands of gallons of diesel are sprayed on Humboldt forest lands. What does the County say about this?
- Take water withdrawals – banned here. According to my information, there are vineyards in Mendocino County withdrawing huge amounts of riparian water with no permits. Why does the government do nothing? And what of the huge withdrawals by farming operations in Shively, ranches in Ferndale where the Salt River has been murdered, and French’s summer dam across the Mattole used to divert river water into his pasture? Why is this agriculture water treated so completely differently than that agriculture water? And what about effluent? – banned here. Why is livestock allowed to do enormous damage to the fish? In the Mattole, cows are encouraged to shit right in the river. What does the County say about this? In each of the three above examples we continue to see not an effort to integrate an industry but a continuing attempt to punish and control hippies. This is not the “equal protections of law” but BULLSHIT – sucking up to the resentments and prejudice by ranchers, loggers, farmers, truckers, and cops against the industry of the “newcomers”. There is more.
- Your house is not up to code? You may not grow indoors, period. You bought your parcel directly or indirectly from Bob McKee? Apparently you cannot grow in or out, period, because you have to have what the County considers to be a “legal parcel”, and they do not like Mckee’s many many parcels. And can you bring your parcel up to their standards? No, as you will see once you read the “Fire Safe” regulations, the draconian rules designed to prevent anyone except the rich from living in California wildlands. I am not kidding. Nor exaggerating. This is in effect an effort to stamp out an industry and the people who live it.
- There is a lot in here that carries the same odor. For example, a landlord is given license to block you from exercising your 215 freedoms. Likewise, tying code enforcement to your ability to exercise your 215 rights is further illegal bullshit. And then there is the matter of forced compliance (55.1.4 ##1,2). The drafters seem to be unfamiliar with Article 1 Section 9 of the California Constitution. Why isn’t this an ex post facto law? And if not, what then is the rationale for allowing all those uses enumerated above, such as 1, 2, and 3? Hm.
This proposal is less a serious attempt to build a future than to appease the right-wing prejudices that have governed this County forever, and still do. In my opinion we are better off with NO ordinance than this one.
I admit the section on dispensaries seems much more carefully drafted and I offer no comment on that section, but here leave that to the folks involved more directly than I.
Other minor criticisms, but why bother? The drafters appear to have exercised bad faith. What a waste.
I want my rights to the equal protections of the law! Cut the Bullshit!
Robert Sutherland, The man who walks in the woods.
4 January 2011