Humboldt Growers, Go Get Your Permits, Says Letter to the Editor
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Ok Humboldt Growers….. I just went through the cannabis cultivation permitting process. I learned quite a bit when I was in the Planning Department. Unfortunately, there is a disproportionate number of non-locals getting permits. Meaning that with so few Humboldt growers coming forward, in a few years the Humboldt cannabis industry will be controlled by corporations and outsiders. HUMBOLDT IS ABOUT TO GIVE AWAY THE LOCAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY! GO GET YOUR PERMITS. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO GET THEIR PERMITS! YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 23rd!!!!!!
I also learned that all these people that are saying that it costs a fortune to get a permit and taxes are going to eat up 50% of profit are LIARS OR IGNORANT. I paid $775 for a zoning clearance. That’s it. Next year when the county starts to collect the “outrageous” taxes…. I will be paying $1 a square foot. So let’s do some math on that. For simplicity sake let’s look at a 2000sq’ outdoor grow. Say you pull 50 pounds a season out of that space (If you can’t pull 50 pounds out of 2000 sq’ THEN QUIT YOU ARE A SHITTY GROWER, YOU SHOULD PULL MORE THAN TWICE THAT!). That is 50 pounds at a conservative $1200 a pound = $60,000. Now take that $2000 county tax fee ($1 a square foot), divide it by $60,000 and multiple it by 100 to get the percentage which is 3%. THAT ISN’T THAT MUCH. While there will be state and federal tax added on this…. That is what people have been calling INCOME TAX for a while now! I understand that a lot of growers are bent out of shape that they have to pay taxes. Well I don’t like paying taxes either. But when you live in America and utilize its infrastructure (Schools, Roads, Health Care….) you kinda don’t have a choice. If you don’t like paying taxes move to another country.
Humboldt County will be utilizing some of this cannabis tax revenue to enforce and eradicate illegal grows. They have new satellite images of the county from this summer. They are insanely clear. You can count plants in fields. They know where all the grows are. And soon they will have the money to get rid of everyone who doesn’t get compliant. Read what happened in Colorado. The pot police there have so much money that they actually have been doing random tissue tests at dispensaries with their portable lab. They pulled HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of clones off the shelf in Denver in one week because they were sprayed with Eagle 20. They are not messing around.
The days of illegal growing and the outlaw lifestyle of Humboldt growers is coming to an end. The Water Board has started sending letters out to growers that are over 2000sq feet without permits. The message is get a permit and get compliant or get $1000 a day fines. These fines could result in MANY PEOPLE LOSING THEIR PROPERTY.
Why register now instead of wait and see what happens? August 23rd is the deadline to get on the priority list for the State licenses that will be available in 2018. This is important because when the State starts issuing permits, they are going to start with the priority list. If the cannabis industry turns out to be anything like the alcohol industry, there will not be unlimited permits given out. While the county can issue as many permits as they want right now, the county permits will not be valid unless the permit holder can be complaint and permitted with the State.
So this is it. These are the final days to get permitted. If you are a grower and want to continue growing and you do not get a permit it will be one of your biggest life regrets. You are about to push yourself out of the industry!
Higher Standards Humboldt