Letter to the Editor Questions Whether Marijuana Grown Legally Will Be Kept Off the Black Market
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To the Community,It’s apparent you cannot regulate what you cannot enforce in Humboldt County.
With the onslaught of the “Green Rush”, Humboldt County has taken in medical marijuana cultivation applications faster than Japan’s Honda assembly line. The county mistakenly put the cart before the horse as far as trying to enforce marijuana cultivators to adhere to the affidavits that they’re required to sign promising to keep their end product off the black market. Humboldt County also seems to have very lenient controls over the cultivation process and there is absolutely no accountability of approved medical cultivated marijuana.
As seen 50 minutes into this video https://www.facebook.com/TimesStandard/videos/10154108612094081/ there appears to be a regulatory vacuum.
According to Senator Mike McGuire, one of the co-authors of the “Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act” (“MMRSA”), it may take up to ten years of “the wild west” before all the kinks are ironed out pertaining to regulating, enforcing, and accountability using the new state run program set to kick off January 1, 2018.
Until then, Humboldt County is solely responsible for regulating and enforcement (or lack of) and subsequently there’s no immediate way to enforce anyone not in the voluntary pilot “track and trace” program (SICPA) that’s a year away from implementation.
My hope is maybe we can wake up both Sacramento and Humboldt County to address this issue to set a good example for the country.