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11-minute Humboldt County marijuana documentary

Click image to watch the video posted at High Country News.

  1. Decline To State
    August 17, 2011 at 7:35 am | #1

    Wow! Everyone interviewed comes off as rational, thoughtful, sane and well, simply normal. How is this possible? It flies in the face of everything we know about the marijuana industry.

    Nice piece, wonderful production values. Thumbs up.

  2. Ed
    August 17, 2011 at 8:13 am | #2

    The idea that the Humboldt brand will somehow save the local pot industry is a pipe dream. Literally. In a business climate where supply dwarfs demand, and there’s no difference between the local product and say Oakland’s, the boutique model is relegated to the level of a roadside tourist trap. Why on earth would anyone brave days of driving to move something they can get from their neighbor’s garage or back yard?

  3. August 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | #3

    Anyone else loose cell service this morning in Arcata?

  4. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 10:41 am | #4

    Arcata is always full of “loose cell(s)…”

  5. High Finance
    August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | #5

    Just what Humboldt County needs, more people pushing the stoner image.

    That will sure help tourists and businesses to come up here.

  6. Not A Native
    August 17, 2011 at 11:09 am | #6

    No such thing as addiction to pot. Here’s HumCo CL ad ‘proof’ that its not addiction. Not as if its an addict avoiding a physician and instead giving up their essential possessions for ‘a fix’…Naah, nothing like that:

    Valid card holder in need of some MEDS to take off your hands or possibly trade you for..

    I am HELLA poor right now and out of my insomnia MEDS… it was a long NIGHT! haha : /

    I’m down to trade my time / labor / car stereo (as I don’t have the car anymore) … or? Hit me up…

    THANKS and PEACE :)

  7. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 at 11:29 am | #7

    I’m not sure how a car stereo would be an “essential possession,” especially for someone who doesn’t have a car.

    Other than that, the person offers to work in exchange for the goods they are seeking. That’s a bad thing?

  8. Fact Checker
    August 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | #8

    High Finance says:
    August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

    “Just what Humboldt County needs, more people pushing the stoner image.”

    The nerve! Marketing a billion dollar crop. You can’t blame an American for wanting to make a buck, can you Hi Liar ‘ol boy?

  9. Not A Native
    August 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | #9

    Already lost the car, likely to get pot, now has little left. Without any indication that valuable skills are being offered, what kind of labor can pay for what is asked? Will be turning tricks to get the fix.

  10. High Finance
    August 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | #10

    Perhaps less pot consumption would have helped your “fact” gathering skills Mr Factless Checker ?

  11. Anne on a Mouse
    August 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm | #11

    Will be turning tricks to get the fix.

    Reefer madness believer sighting.

  12. funnygirl
    August 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm | #12

    If and when it gets legalized, and it will someday, then Phillip-Morris or whoever will grow thousands of acres of it in Kansas and pay taxes and that will be the end of the local pot growers here in Humboldt county.

  13. 06em
    August 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm | #13

    The idea that the Sonoma brand will somehow save the local wine industry is an empty glass. Liiterally. In a business climate where supply dwarfs demand, and there’s no difference between the local product and say Napa’s, the boutique model is relegated to the level of a roadside tourist trap. Why on earth would anyone brave hours of driving to move something they can get from their neighbor’s basement or Trader Vics?

  14. Walt
    August 18, 2011 at 6:31 am | #14

    “If and when it gets legalized. . .the end of the local pot growers here in Humboldt county.”

    Also the end of grow houses, dope shops, dope docs, dope lawyers, grow U’s, grow supply shops, advertising in the Journal, weapons sales, generator sales, dope investigations, busts, court dates and jail sentences. Can you say “Welcome to Walmart!”?

  15. Ed
    August 18, 2011 at 7:34 am | #15

    If one still believes the Humboldt brand is somehow similar to the Napa Sonoma wine brand in it’s marketing value, just ask any grower how their sales have been going.

  16. 06em
    August 18, 2011 at 7:40 am | #16

    Some people assume legal marijuana will take the path of tobacco, while others envision a wine future for legal weed. I side with the wine aficionados, because I think buying mechanical tubular inhalants (thanks, George Carlin) in a cellophane wrapper takes all the fun and mystique out of pot smoking. The romance of the appellation and the nose, a big part of wine drinking, are easily grafted on to marijuana. Pun intended.

  17. 06em
    August 18, 2011 at 7:54 am | #17

    Ed, do you mean grape grower or marijuana grower? From what I’ve heard about grapes, Napa and Sonoma are now so over-planted that there is a price lowering glut. By the same token, so many are growing in Humboldt (or so the theory goes) that a similar price drop is happening. I call it theory because pot pricing is much more anecdotal. The recession obviously plays into price with both crops.

    “The recession and subsequent period of weak economic growth have driven wine drinkers toward more affordable wines at the expense of the higher-priced wines produced in Sonoma County. The above-average wine grape crop in 2009 further burdened wineries by adding to inventories. As a result, Sonoma County winemakers face the prospect of reducing prices to spur sales growth potential in 2010.”

    from Wine Industry Insider 2010 Its a pdf.

  18. Anonymous
    August 18, 2011 at 9:40 am | #18

    Phillip-Morris or whoever will grow thousands of acres of it in Kansas

    Or on the 50,000 acres in the emerald triangle that they purchased.

  19. Fact Checker
    August 18, 2011 at 10:47 am | #19

    High Finance says:
    August 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    “Perhaps less pot consumption would have helped your “fact” gathering skills Mr Factless Checker ?”

    No facts to check here, just more clucking form ol’ High Liar.

  20. Jane Fish
    August 19, 2011 at 7:37 am | #20

    Imagine if it is a good thing that there will be more competition from places you’ve never even thought of….

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/08/19/139762352/cracking-the-marijuana-genome-in-search-of-therapeutic-highs?ps=sh_sthdl

  21. Gong
    August 19, 2011 at 8:18 am | #21

    Who is that video intended for? I mean – who is the intended audience? Who the heck is going to watch that besides a grower who wants for feel self-congratulatory that they are providing the world with “medicine?”

    They didn’t mention that most growers won’t go through the regulatory hurdles to sell their weed to a dispensary. Most growers don’t want to fill out tax forms on a product that is still illegal in the eyes of the feds. And who can blame them? Who knows what the repercussions could be from the IRS?

  22. August 19, 2011 at 10:22 am | #22

    Last night, for the third time, the Planning Commission rejected county staff’s proposed medical marijuana regulations:

    Humboldt County Planning Commission votes down medical marijuana ordinance, asks for more comprehensive approach

    Donna Tam/The Times-Standard

    The Humboldt County Planning Commission effectively said Thursday night that a “piecemeal” approach to medical marijuana regulations is not acceptable. . . .

    ”It just seems to me to not understand what people’s concerns are … you just have huge holes in this ordinance,” Commissioner Ralph Faust said.

    Community Development Services Director Kirk Girard agreed that there were “massive holes” that need to be addressed, . . .

    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_18715588

    The Planning Commission gets it, but county staff and their mini-me Supervisors just don’t wanna. Big ups to our citizen Commissioners for thinking so much more clearly than the people who are paid to.

  23. Anonymous
    September 17, 2011 at 3:04 am | #23

    Humboldt will always wear the crown and hold the goblet.

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