Assemblymember Leads Rally at Humboldt County Courthouse to Urge Governor Brown Sign Medical Marijuana Bills


Assemblyman Jim Wood by Ryan Burns of the Lost Coast Outpost

According to California Cannabis Voice Humboldt,

CCVH California Cannabis Voice HumboldtOn the steps of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse tomorrow October 6th, Assemblymember Jim Wood will lead a rally to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 243 and AB 266 (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act), a package that would regulate the medical cannabis industry in California. Joining Assemblymember Wood will be Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Tom Lackey, fellow authors of AB 266.

Join us at 11 a.m. on the Courthouse steps in your “I Am a Farmer” shirts to stand with Assm. Wood and let the Governor know that now is the time to regulate medical cannabis in California!



  • Regulation only strengthens the black market. When you have to pay the state and county for licenses, plus testing of the product and pay massive taxes products tend to get more expensive……

    • Don’t forget the water board fees & fines on top of it.

      • And don’t forget that the newly-required “Distributor” (can’t be the producer or the retailer) gets 30% for driving it to his friends’ dispensaries! Hmm…who backed this set-up?

        • People have not realized that on top of Bringing your land and buildings up to code, 25-100,000, water permits and storage, 20-50,000, fees from County, 2-7000, Taxes and workers taxes 10-200,000, they have given this middleman who does nothing but drive it to a store the opportunity to control the market and take 25-30%. The Distributer license is going to be the biggest scam in this and theses middlemen will drive us out of business. Please tell Assemblymember Woods his friend TED From Napa is going to turn us into his peasants.

        • 30% on which end? Distributers generally earn 50% or more before a product is inflated at retail.
          The calculation for gross profit margin is revenue minus direct costs divided by revenue. For instance, a manufacturing company sells a product for $10,000 after generating $6,000 in direct costs, which leaves a gross profit of $4,000. Divide 4,000 by 10,000 for a gross profit margin of 40 percent. The distributor that buys the $10,000 product must factor in the acquisition cost when determining the gross profit margin. The costs may include shipping, delivery and overhead. The distributor’s gross profit margin is the difference between the cost of the goods and the total sales.

        • There’s profit margins down the line from manufacturing to retail in the real world. That’s how legitimate business works.
          The average black market distributer makes 20-30% conservatively right now anyhow.
          What’s the big deal?

          • Yes and the Distributer controls what goes on the shelves and where it is placed, putting them in a position to make or break anyone that dissents as they see fit. They are all powerful. Think about the Crab fishermen going on strike every year because Pacific Seafoods won’t give them enough money to earn a living. Look at the richest people in Napa, the Distributor. Don’t tell me the distributor cares about family farms. The same black market middlemen you
            talk about are the ones who drove the price down to 1000 the second people started to give in. They do not care about our families or communities. The models I have studied, albeit briefly on the internet give the producer a net profit of 15 percent, not 40.

          • That’s great, Corporate! So I could buy a whole box of light deps at $1800 and sell them all for $2340 each (30% profit) at some in-state market? Except..I guess I just don’t know which place that is. Oh, maybe because there is too much competition? I know- reduce the competition. If there was only a way to do that…like a regulated permit system….hmmm And a system that encouraged big money interests to step in as distributors. Oh wait- I can’t compete against multi-million dollar distributorships! But I guess I’ll just not worry because I’m sure it will all work out? Wait- Am I stupid?!!

    • I disagree. Prohibition of anything people want creates Black Markets, which answer only to the quest for higher profits at the lowest possible costs—meaning no regulations and crimes against the competition. 101 years of the War on Drugs has proven that.

      Disassembling Prohibition and enacting reasonable regulations will let consumers, producers and sellers operate openly without fear of imprisonment. Taxes and fees are a small price to pay compared to the havoc the Drug War has cost everyone.

      As already proven consumers prefer to buy from legal outlets when they exist. That takes customers away from the Black Market. The Black Market will continue to try to undercut legal prices, just on a smaller scale once more states legalize and the legal supply saturates the market.

      That’s the direction the country is going. Adapt or perish.

  • And don’t forget that the new laws add considerable civil penalites to black market criminal penalties. It remains to be seen what the outcome of those penalties will be. They could be ruinous, meaning “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” when it comes to making decisions about participation in the market: black or white. Only the transient with no local investment in land will be able to afford the risk of unlicensed commercial growing.

  • I tellz yiz, decriminalize it first of all, or the moms’n pops are toast, and maybe even people who just want to grow their own in their yard. If you do regs first, it exempts everyone who’s rich enough to pay all the fees and licenses, and leaves all the little guys to the forfeiture raiders.

    Once it’s decriminalized and no regs on yard growers and low fees for small growers, medium fees for medium growers and huge fees for huge growers, THEN the enforcement money can only go to busting noncompliant eco criminals WITHOUT first having handed the little guys their backsides, and leaving the door wide open to gentlemen pot farmers as they did with the tax exemptions for TPZ and grapes.

    We gotta learn before this shoves the little guys out of their homes… just like happened with the timber and the grapes in Sonoma and Mendocino. Otherwise, prepare for the victory of gentrification and your move either to a city cubicle or the Midwest to keep a roof over your head.

    • You nailed it Nines.

    • Right on, Nines! I’ve had a hard time swallowing CCV-H’s line about how they “are protecting” small local growers. It’s pretty obvious they’ve been pushing a scheme slanted towards their own pockets. We have a historic moment where we can actually protect smaller producers yet …we don’t care?

  • Complete repeal of all laws is the only answer.
    People don’t count your squash, you can’t regulate what plants people are allowed to grow.
    Free agriculture from tyrants.

  • I wonder if he’s crossing his fingers behind his back in that pic.

  • Or holding a big wad of cash he got from the corperations.

  • Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.

    Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.

    Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

    In vices, the very essence of crime — that is, the design to injure the person or property of another — is wanting.

    It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without a criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. But no one ever practices a vice with any such criminal intent. He practices his vice for his own happiness solely, and not from any malice toward others.

    Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property — no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding and coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.

    For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be falsehood, or falsehood truth.
    Intro to Vices Are Not Crimes by Lysander Spooner

    There’s more: scroll down to that title

  • @Truth,
    40% margin was just a example of profit breakdown.
    I’m not sure what study you read but there won’t be a set profit margin on the manufacturing side.
    That % will vary from farm to farm depending on operating cost.
    Could be 0%, could be 80%.
    Those that keep their expenses down will have higher margins.

  • Cannabis is no more difficult to grow than okra. If not for prohibition, the cost would be similar. These laws regulating cannabis are designed to support black market pricing and keep law enforcement on the job. They have taken the “compassion” out of the compassionate use act, with a vengence.
    Cannabis, a benign & beneficial plant, will not be legal until YOU can grow your own outdoors in the sun.

    • If you truley need “Cannabis” for medical purposes then you’re going to be allowed to grow 6 plants in the Full Sun.
      Can’t get more compassionate than that.
      If you’d like to get rich then you’re going to have to pay.

      • Umm yeah except this year in Mendocino County it was 25 full sun. So it was MORE compassionate than this new law. But of course these large 1 Acre grows with their thousands of signatures collected at weed shows that they share between each other will round-up all that extra “compassion” money now that they pushed through their baby. I get that it’s business..and the scammers won….but the next time a CCVH person tells me how “they care” about their small-growing neighbors…I just might punch that motherfucker.

        • CCVH was actually only proposing a 10,000 sqft cap on grows.
          Pretty much trying to protect the small farmer.
          The State went big with 42,000 sqft.. Nothing to do with CCVH. CCVH helped establish a guideline for Humboldt Co, Humboldt Co adopted the draft and will implement the guidelines.
          They’ll allow up to the State sqft cap of 42,000 with a conditional use permit and multiple standards including zone specifics.
          Mendo most likely will keep their 25 plant limit, so in terms of “keeping it mom and pop” Mendocino Co seems like your best bet.
          Some counties will allow state law some will enact their own and some will choose to band.
          The big question is what counties are doing what.

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