Wonderland’s Cannabis Lounge Shut Down at Reggae on the River
A showcase of Southern Humboldt cannabis culture at Reggae on the River was shut down yesterday because the proper permits weren’t filed, said Kevin Jodrey of Wonderland Nursery, a dispensary in Garberville. “We had a permit to do this,” he said. However, the festival organizers, he said, “didn’t get a permit.”
According to Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, an article on social media indicated that Reggae on the River was “going to have a display booth and sell cannabis.” However, there was no permit filed. At 1 pm. he said, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, contacted the Wonderland booth. After some polite discussion between attorneys and law enforcement, Hanson said, it was agreed that the booth area would close. “We asked for voluntary compliance. There was no arrest, no confiscation, no citation,” he said.
“It cost me a chunk of money that I won’t get back,” Jodrey worried, “We worked so hard…The staff worked their asses off.” But more than that he regrets that the festival goers didn’t get to experience the local laidback community culture. He said he wanted festival goers to leave saying, “Wow! When you come to Southern Humboldt. It is cooler than any place out there.”
According to Jodrey, one of his goals was to keep awareness of Humboldt as an important part of cannabis culture and bring outside money to the area. “I want to drive the money to Southern Humboldt,” Jodrey stated. “We’re going to be a footnote in the goddamn history books if we don’t do something.” He doesn’t want to see happen. “I’ve been here for 25 years,” he said. “I’m going to die here.”
Saying this is “new territory,” Lt. Hanson said that his office won’t be pursuing arrests. “We send a report to Code Enforcement and Building and Planning Departments,” he stated. “I can’t guarantee the future but [anything further] would come through the Building and Planning Department.”
Efforts to reach festival organizers for comment before this article was published were unsuccessful.