Ryan Burns / Monday, March 19 @ 5 p.m. / Local Government, Marijuana and/or Cannabis
County Supervisors Met Monday to Start Deliberating on Proposed New Weed Regs, Including a Permit Cap
We’ll have a more thorough write-up on this thing tomorrow, but suffice it to say that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors today met for a special meeting about proposed new cannabis regulations, and they had a helluva lot to talk about — more than they could get to in a single meeting.
That’s because Friday’s release of the proposed new Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (CCLUO) and supporting documents amounted to a massive data dump — more than 2,000 pages, all told, including the zoning amendments, public comments and an environmental impact report.
Today’s meeting included public comments from 30 people, by our count, plus discussion on some contentious proposals in the new weed guidelines, including a cap on the total number of cultivation permits the county could issue, the removal of a 600-foot setback requirement from school bus stops for weed activities, and a discretionary permit requirement for any marijuana business asking to locate within a local city’s “sphere of influence.”
It got pretty wonky, but the conversation provided a good snapshot of the industry’s anxious position, here at the dawn of legalization in California.
No decisions were made, and the discussion was continued to a follow-up meeting scheduled for April 10 at 1:30 p.m. Check back tomorrow for more.