Historic Day: Meet the Applicants for the First Medical Marijuana Business Permits
Myles Moscato, Mark Swizee and Rain on the Earth, all members of the same family, were the first to apply. “We’re developing whole flower tinctures,” explained Mark Swizee. (See one of their business logos below.) Emerald Tincture Company seeks to work with CBD, a cannabis compound that is believed to have promising medicinal benefits.
The three said they were at the doors before the Humboldt County Planning Office opened because they wanted bragging rights. “It’s the first application for the first legal thing in California,” enthused Mark Swizee.
Steve Lazar, Senior Planner for the Humboldt County Planning Department wasn’t quite sure if theirs was the first application in the state. But, he said, “It certainly was as far as the counties locally.”
Lazar said that today’s application was a beginning. “What we’re doing right now is getting people into the process,” he explained. “Five minutes at the counter…scheduling a meeting to get a more personalized review of their proposal.” Over the next five weeks, Lazar said, staff will be meeting with applicants individually to help them get their proposals together. “We’re there to help people to understand what were looking for,” he explained.
As of 11:30 a.m., there were 14 applications. “I expect that number to grow by the end of the day,” Lazar said.
Swizee said that he and his family are excited to be part of the new process. He’s not worried about legal repercussions from the federal government, ” Have you looked at Google Earth lately?” he asked referring to the numerous, large black market marijuana grows. “There has to be some regulation on this or its just totally out of control. It’s good to see the county want to work with people on this.”
He does worry about the paperwork though. “My one concern is that process isn’t too cumbersome for people.” The county, he said, is “really trying to work with people to make it easy. Hopefully, they can streamline it because it is a lot paperwork…Paperwork can be scary especially if you lived up the hill for a couple of years.”
So far, Swizee said, the county and state agencies have been working with his family. “Fish and Wildlife were great to work…We’re getting that permit today, too…So far everyone has been really nice.”
For more information on the process of getting permits, click here.