DEA and Mendocino Law Enforcement Raided Love In It Cooperative in Mendocino Yesterday—Sherry Glaser Arrested
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, March 5 @ 7:39 p.m. / marijuana
Kerry Reynolds of KMUD was able to interview Sheba Love, wife of Sherry Glaser. (The sound clip is embedded above courtesy of that radio station and Reynolds.) In it, Love contends that the home raided containing the $65,000 and the hash lab were not associated with Love in It Cooperative.
Later, Terri Klemetson was able to interview Sherry Glaser who described the experience. Glaser’s response starts just before the 15 minute mark. She reiterates that the butane used for hash extraction did not belong to her cooperative.
Original post below:
Yesterday, search warrants were served on the Love in It Cooperative in Mendocino. The business provided dried cannabis, clones, kief, and marijuana food products as well as a “Bed, Bud and Breakfast.”
DEA agents as well as various Mendocino County law enforcement agencies seized marijuana products as well as guns, $65,000, and around 800 plants.
Americans for Safe Access, a national marijuana advocacy group, reported yesterday that a patient attempted to access the business and was turned away by an officer.
UPDATE: One of those arrested is Sherry Glaser, political activist and actress, known for her 2005 topless appearance on the steps of the California State Capitol building to protest policies by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Glaser was arrested then. Later, a court ruled that this a violation of her right to free speech.
More information is provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department below.
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A brief national media weed roundup:
The sober reporters at National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” ran two stories today on pot and its health effects. Meanwhile, California Governor Jerry Brown appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday and said he’s concerned that legalization could lead to more widespread use, which he thinks could damage the state’s productivity and safety.
“I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together,” Brown opined.
The first “Morning Edition” story examines the “hazy” evidence surrounding marijuana’s health effects:
Some interesting tidbits from the first story:
- There’s not a lot of evidence, largely because marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 narcotic has made research difficult.
- Most “users” smoke a joint or less per week.
- Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, says, “The main risk of cannabis is becoming habituated to cannabis and spending your whole life stoned.” But he doesn’t think the health risks are enough to override the push toward legalization.
- Addiction is possible, according to Kleiman, but the rate is much lower than it is for alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, heroin or other opioids.
- People who are allowed to get as stoned as they want before driving (on a simulator) perform about as well as people who just meet the drunk-driving threshold. But doing both at once: bad idea.
The second “Morning Edition” story focused on the effects of weed use on the teenage brain.
The upshot? Probably not a great idea to let your kid blaze. Smoking weed can actually change the structure of developing teen gray-matter, according to a number of studies.
Lastly, the “Meet the Press” interview with Brown starts around the 38-minute mark of this video. If you’re not too high to completely lack initiative, you can skip to the marijuana talk at roughly the 42-minute mark, or read the transcript here.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, March 2 @ 8:10 p.m. / marijuana
Are marijuana growers going to destroy Humboldt’s waterways and hillsides?
A forum this coming Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mateel Community Center in Redway will bring a variety of speakers to address both the damage to the environment occurring because of the marijuana industry and how to change growing practices for the better.
Kathleen Bryson, Humboldt County Defense Attorney and organizer of the Environmental Cannabis Forum, said that in the past she has been “on the fence regarding cannabis legalization.” She was concerned that Humboldt’s economy would be badly affected by a move away from the black market. However, she says now, “protecting our environment comes before economy. Without drinkable water, clean air, and healthy wildlife, there is no economy worth having here in rural Humboldt…and you cannot regulate something that is illegal and underground.”
Speakers (see information below) from a variety of professions will address the issues. The range is broad—from attorney, Paul Hagen, to Emerald Cup Founder, Tim Blake.
Scott Greacen from Friends of the Eel River and Gary Graham Hughes from EPIC will discuss what has happened to the local ecosystem and what are some of the solutions to the current situation.
Paul Hagen will talk legal issues.
Tony Silvaggio, a sociologist at HSU and member of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, will reveal some of the information that the Institute has gathered.
Tim Blake will address what has to be done to ensure that the environmental issues are an important part of the retail market.
I’ll will also be there talking about the media’s portrayal of growers and the environment.
There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.
“This is an “Environmental Cannabis Forum” NOT “Environment and Cannabis” Forum,” Bryson stressed. “I know that is a small point, but I want us to use the right words that state the vision. The two are not separate but in harmony…. or should be. We need to make that happen.”
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Feb. 26 @ 2:55 p.m. / marijuana
Another individual has been sentenced this week in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana case that involved multiple people originally from South Dakota, some of them growing on property in Humboldt County. Brett McFarland who owned property in Bayside and in Petrolia was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday in a South Dakota federal courtroom. He and his brother, Sean, as well as five others have pled guilty to charges associated with this case.
In July of 2012, Homeland Security raided various properties in Humboldt County including those belonging to McFarland. In January of 2013, there was a warrant served on McFarland’s house in Bayside. In November, McFarland pled guilty and awaited sentencing until this week. As as condition of his plea, he agreed to forfeit his interest in the Petrolia property which was paid for with the proceeds from illegal sales of marijuana grown on that land and other places.
McFarland, a musician (see album cover below,) will spend the next five years in prison and will also have an additional four years of supervised release. (Press release below fold.)
All the other defendants except one have already begun serving their sentences. Jaymar Adams, the remaining defendant, has pled guilty and will be sentenced on March 24th.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Feb. 25 @ 10:38 a.m. / marijuana
A marijuana grow on public lands. (Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office via Emily Brady.)
Every once in awhile it’s useful…or, maybe just interesting…to see ourselves as others see us. This week Vice—which has been described as “an ever-expanding machine for selling counterculture cool to the world’s largest and most mainstream corporations” takes a look at Humboldt and, its contradictory relationship with—what else?—marijuana.
The story entitled The Stoners’ Paradise That Is Dreading Weed Legalization examines this area more from the perspective of growers as agricultural workers than drug dealers (though a reference to the “narco-economy” occurs, too.) The writer describes us as “one of America’s most unique farming communities, with around 30,000 people (over a fifth of Humboldt’s population) involved in growing marijuana.”
Emily Brady, who recently wrote Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier, is interviewed for the story and describes the community in a series of colorful images. Here’s a few:
- I went to a school fundraising event, and they were auctioning off bubble bags (used to make hash from plants), along with knitted scarves and baskets of tomatoes.
- One dealer I know is a former logger, an honest, kind and generous man whose father is a decorated WWII veteran in his eighties who also grows pot.
- They are the wealthiest farmers in history, but only because what they farm is illegal.
Though the images Brady paints are mostly positive, the article, as have others before it, looks slightly askance at an entire county making a hefty chunk of change from cannabis farming but still, as a whole, voting to keep pot illegal. (Yes, yes, we know, the 2010 bill wasn’t ideal. But, why do we get the feeling that no bill to legalize marijuana is going to meet with the approval of people whose income depends on it remaining illegal?)
(Note: KHUM and Redheaded Blackbelt—members of LoCO’s media family—are linked in the article.)