Get One of Those Scary Letters About Growing Marijuana From the Water Bboard? Or Worried You Might?
If you are a landowner who received one of those recent letters from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board that urges cannabis growers to get into compliance, then you are likely worried. Something about the $1000 per day fine makes folks’ hearts beat harder.
In case you haven’t received one, below is the first two pages of a letter sent in June to a landowner in Humboldt County.
Island Mountain landowners have received a barrage of such letters. In response, Tom Leroy of Pacific Watershed Associates is holding a community meeting at the New Harris Store tomorrow (Thursday the 21) from 5-7 p.m. Leroy explained, “The discussion topic is the recent letters that many folks in the community got from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding Cannabis cultivation. This meeting is being organized by myself as a representative of Pacific Watershed Associates….[W]e have been absolutely bombarded by phone calls since the letters went out.”
Leroy worries that “the deadline to get back to the waterboard regarding these letters has either passed or is looming.” The community, he worries, doesn’t understand “how serious these letters are.”
“The letters,” Leroy states, “have been quite disruptive to the community and it will only get more ugly when the next letters to unresponsive landowners come out. I understand that some folks will never comply but I want to provide an opportunity to folks that are sitting on the fence to join the revolution and move towards the new paradigm of Ganja growing and distribution.”
Leroy says that cannabis growing and environmental protection “are not mutually exclusive but it will take some work and a redirecting of funds for the average farmer.”