Mendo Cracks Down on Trimmers as Well as Growers

 

On Wednesday, 9 marijuana manicurists arrested just north of Ukiah last month were arraigned on charges of cultivation and possession.  According to the Ukiah Daily Journal,

All of the defendants were either sitting at, or within three feet of, tables set up inside the building where marijuana was sitting along with garden clippers and other items used for trimming, according to testimony from MCSO deputy Jacquelyn Rainwater.

The materials on the tables included gardening clippers, gloves, containers and alcohol, which Rainwater said is typically used to remove the sticky resin marijuana bud leaves on bare hands and on clippers.

This is the first time I’ve heard of trimmers facing charges.  Does anyone know of any earlier cases?

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  • By the way, most of the clippers I know use olive oil to remove the resin not alcohol–that’s old school.

  • more bullshit …yes on 19 !!!!!!!!!!! fuckum’

  • more bullshit …yes on 19 !!!!!!!!!!! fuckum’

  • humboldt needs less 19

    no on 19 read it first man,. horrible law, written for the state to monopolize the industry and capitalize while still punishing the people , horrible .law

    • Wow, that does seem unusual on the face of it. Reading the article, it makes more sense. They were at a big operation and, if their names are any indication, are all Hispanic. Not saying it’s right, either way, just that it’s not surprising they went after them. It’s the same old xenophobia playing out.

      And it’s not just the Sheriff’ and the D.A., either, but subtle racism across the board. The white community is unlikely to get up in arms and organize in support of these people. If it were 19 young, white, hippie traveler kids trimming for white growers, the situation would be totally different and we all know it.

      As to Prop 19, read carefully: there is absolutely nothing in Prop 19 about anyone monopolizing anything. Period.

      What is says is that local jurisdictions or the state itself can add ordinances allowing commercial growing and sales. If you sit back and complain, you can bet the politicians will write unworkable, overly-restrictive ordinances and then your self-defeating prophesy will be complete. Instead, get active now. Check out http://hummap.org for some local attempts at writing a grower-friendly ordinance. There is also the Humboldt Growers Association’s ordinance which will be on the HuMMAP site soon and both groups are working to pressure state legislators to write a farmer-friendly ordinance state-wide.

      The other thing to not forget is that the whole country is watching. If California can’t pass a relatively tame legalization measure, it will fuel anti-legalization efforts elsewhere. If CA passes 19, it will be a historic message to the country and world that enough is enough and it’s time to end prohibition.

  • humboldt needs less 19

    no on 19 read it first man,. horrible law, written for the state to monopolize the industry and capitalize while still punishing the people , horrible .law

    • Wow, that does seem unusual on the face of it. Reading the article, it makes more sense. They were at a big operation and, if their names are any indication, are all Hispanic. Not saying it’s right, either way, just that it’s not surprising they went after them. It’s the same old xenophobia playing out.

      And it’s not just the Sheriff’ and the D.A., either, but subtle racism across the board. The white community is unlikely to get up in arms and organize in support of these people. If it were 19 young, white, hippie traveler kids trimming for white growers, the situation would be totally different and we all know it.

      As to Prop 19, read carefully: there is absolutely nothing in Prop 19 about anyone monopolizing anything. Period.

      What is says is that local jurisdictions or the state itself can add ordinances allowing commercial growing and sales. If you sit back and complain, you can bet the politicians will write unworkable, overly-restrictive ordinances and then your self-defeating prophesy will be complete. Instead, get active now. Check out http://hummap.org for some local attempts at writing a grower-friendly ordinance. There is also the Humboldt Growers Association’s ordinance which will be on the HuMMAP site soon and both groups are working to pressure state legislators to write a farmer-friendly ordinance state-wide.

      The other thing to not forget is that the whole country is watching. If California can’t pass a relatively tame legalization measure, it will fuel anti-legalization efforts elsewhere. If CA passes 19, it will be a historic message to the country and world that enough is enough and it’s time to end prohibition.

  • I think alcohol is still used frequently as I’ve seen a few seasonal exhibits of rubbing alcohol next to turkey bags.

    As for your question, I’m not familiar with other cases, but I imagine in order to have a prayer of having charges stick, you’d have to catch them in the act, which is probably rare.

  • I think alcohol is still used frequently as I’ve seen a few seasonal exhibits of rubbing alcohol next to turkey bags.

    As for your question, I’m not familiar with other cases, but I imagine in order to have a prayer of having charges stick, you’d have to catch them in the act, which is probably rare.

  • Usually it’s dipping in alcohol to loosen the resin and then in oil to get it all off. Folks use straight oil, vodka, spraying them with De-Solv-It, all type of ways.

    Just oil isn’t really sanitary. Half the work-related arguments between trimmers and trim bosses is their dirty tray or scissors getting funky stuff stuck to kolas. That or they are not separating their bag well, just trimming colas and leaving popcorn buds rough cut, or eating all the food but not about to drive down the hill into town. Or so I’ve heard.

  • Usually it’s dipping in alcohol to loosen the resin and then in oil to get it all off. Folks use straight oil, vodka, spraying them with De-Solv-It, all type of ways.

    Just oil isn’t really sanitary. Half the work-related arguments between trimmers and trim bosses is their dirty tray or scissors getting funky stuff stuck to kolas. That or they are not separating their bag well, just trimming colas and leaving popcorn buds rough cut, or eating all the food but not about to drive down the hill into town. Or so I’ve heard.

  • This case sounded weird from the start. The cops just stumbled into this thing, they said… Kinda makes me wonder, you never really hear much about what happens to all that cartel weed after it leaves the woods. I mean, do they dry and trim in the woods? This season media coverage finally shed a little light on how the cartel grows work. On the whole, though, it seems strange that all you tend to read about are garden busts, often with no arrests, or just one or two. Anyone ever heard of a cartel supply or distribution chain getting busted? Or trimmers? Maybe we have now.
    I don’t think it’s a case of “going after” these people because they’re Hispanic, I just think that the cops got lucky.

  • This case sounded weird from the start. The cops just stumbled into this thing, they said… Kinda makes me wonder, you never really hear much about what happens to all that cartel weed after it leaves the woods. I mean, do they dry and trim in the woods? This season media coverage finally shed a little light on how the cartel grows work. On the whole, though, it seems strange that all you tend to read about are garden busts, often with no arrests, or just one or two. Anyone ever heard of a cartel supply or distribution chain getting busted? Or trimmers? Maybe we have now.
    I don’t think it’s a case of “going after” these people because they’re Hispanic, I just think that the cops got lucky.

  • Just read this sentence in the article.

    Rainwater, who was second in line when deputies first entered the building, said she didn’t remember precisely where each defendant was when she walked in.

    That could be a problem for the prosecution if there are jurors who firmly grasp the concept of “reasonable doubt.”

  • Just read this sentence in the article.

    Rainwater, who was second in line when deputies first entered the building, said she didn’t remember precisely where each defendant was when she walked in.

    That could be a problem for the prosecution if there are jurors who firmly grasp the concept of “reasonable doubt.”

  • or the group of jurors all grow as well lol.

    i doubt they will get charged

  • or the group of jurors all grow as well lol.

    i doubt they will get charged

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