Interested in Being a Licensed Marijuana Grower? The Supervisors Have Created a Registry to Show ‘Good Standing’
The law is unclear and there has been a scramble to understand what this means particularly to growers. Some believed it meant that growers had to legally sell a medical marijuana pound before January 1st of this year. However, the Humboldt County Supervisors believe their new registry will satisfy this requirement under the new laws. Or, at least, put the grower in a position to argue that their farm is compliant with regulations and meets County standards.
The registry (see below for the application as posted by Supervisor Mark Lovelace a few days ago) is not a license to grow but more like a place holder in line to allow a grower to prove they meet standards. This is an attempt to make sure local farmers are not left behind big Southern Californian dispensaries, say activists.
“This does not give applicants a permit [to grow and sell marijuana,]” said Supervisor Sundberg. “It just says that they are in good standing with the County.” If the grower and business owner is later able to prove they will follow the yet to be determined rules, they will then be able to use the registry as proof that they were in good standing with Humboldt County by January 1, 2016.
Supervisor Fennell said that in 30 days that Department of Health and Human Services and the Humboldt County Sheriff will describe what it is to be in good standing. “The state will not have regulation until 2018, if you are not in line, you will be in the back of the line,” she said.
Ian Herndon, President of Humboldt Boutique Garden, a 15 year resident of Humboldt County, told the Supervisors he appreciated the opportunity to speak and expediency of this process. “We are already organized as a non-profit. This is another opportunity for growers to get into compliance.”
Note: This article was written with information and quotes from John Chiv. Click the link to see more from him about the meeting.