The Humboldt County Clock for the Cinderellas of Cannabis Has Struck Midnight…
Planning on being a legal cannabis cultivator in 2017? In Humboldt County, the clock has effectively struck midnight. No more Cannabis Cinderellas may wander in and submit their applications for a permit at the Planning Department. Today at 4 p.m was the deadline.
According to Luke Bruner, a well-known cannabis community member who was in line, “If you were in the door before 4 you got in. If you showed up late basically [you were being] turned away.”
At this point, John Ford, Director of Planning and Building, realized that although the 4 p.m. deadline had been publicized, many people thought that the office was open until 5 p.m. like it was the rest of the week, he stepped in with a solution. “Given the fact that people were trying to come with good intentions and applications, we took their names and will allow them to come in and submit their applications on Tuesday,” he explained.
Bruner said that “some folks did get turned away in the confusion” before Ford’s solution was implemented.
Nonetheless, a substantial number managed to get their permits in to the Department. “We took in 280 [applications] yesterday,” Ford said. That was the previous record for one day but today they took in 314. “Last week,” he said, “there were 490 applications. This week we probably took in 750-800.”
The number of permit applications accepted for the whole year so far is 2332 but more were being processed.