Transportation of Marijuana is Key to Humboldt and Mendocino's Economic Survival

Once again, the analysis at One Good Year, a local blog, grabs the facts around marijuana, organizes them, and explains their implications clearly.  Michael Jakubal, One Good Year’s writer, discusses the case of a Mendocino Medical Cooperative, Northstone Organics, which attempted to transport its legal (under Mendo’s ziptie rule) marijuana to the Bay Area only to be targeted by Sonoma Co. law enforcement.  A Mendocino Co. supervisor and a Mendocino Co. Sheriff spoke at the trial on the behalf of the defendants. One of the most important points Jakubal made was

“The North Coast counties are producing counties, dependent on medical marijuana “exports” to the rest of the state (and to the rest of the country on the black market, but that’s another subject). By testifying in favor of the defendants, the Mendo officials were indirectly acknowledging something that few in politics or law enforcement have been willing to say out loud: for the Emerald Triangle’s nascent white-market medical marijuana economy to have any possibility of success, we have to export to and transport through the rest of the state.”

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  • Diydrones.com. Within a few years these things will be capable of transporting small quantities of cargo. You can program them with an iPhone to follow you and circle you if you stop.

  • Diydrones.com. Within a few years these things will be capable of transporting small quantities of cargo. You can program them with an iPhone to follow you and circle you if you stop.

  • Nathaniel, the FAA is already all over that issue. What you propose is called Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, or s/UAS. The proposed rules change is due in November now. This is how strict they might get, there is a rumor that they want to shut down model aviation. If you want to learn to fly a camera platform they want you to get a commercial pilots license, which has nothing what so ever to do with flying RC.

  • Nathaniel, the FAA is already all over that issue. What you propose is called Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, or s/UAS. The proposed rules change is due in November now. This is how strict they might get, there is a rumor that they want to shut down model aviation. If you want to learn to fly a camera platform they want you to get a commercial pilots license, which has nothing what so ever to do with flying RC.

  • Tim, what is the list of rule changes? I fly a RC plane with 12ft wing span and camera both forward and surveillance. I use it in prospecting.

    • Charlie, if you are flying FPV you are probably going to get hit. AMA seems to have saved most planes but, they , the FAA, has decided that a ceiling of 400′ and entirely line of sight. Their are rumors, as I mentioned, of required operator to be certified commercial pilots. Here is an old pdf from the FAA, http://www.modelaircraft.org/faa/recommendations.pdf It sounds like they could construe your flying as commercial, meaning they will want to regulate you anyway. The FAA has determined that it owns all of the airspace. Fortunately, we live faraway from bored FAA types.

      This all started when LAPD had a small plane with cameras, the idea was they could pull up at a barricaded subject and fly an orbit and have another officer watch the video screen to allow tac officers to know what is around, entrances etc. LAPD built the plane, set up the system, called a Press Conference, and while they were doing the pre-flight demo at a G.A. Airport the FAA showed up and grounded the plane. That they had no right to do so meant that clearly a new rulemaking needed to happen.

      Good Luck in your endeavors

  • Tim, what is the list of rule changes? I fly a RC plane with 12ft wing span and camera both forward and surveillance. I use it in prospecting.

    • Charlie, if you are flying FPV you are probably going to get hit. AMA seems to have saved most planes but, they , the FAA, has decided that a ceiling of 400′ and entirely line of sight. Their are rumors, as I mentioned, of required operator to be certified commercial pilots. Here is an old pdf from the FAA, http://www.modelaircraft.org/faa/recommendations.pdf It sounds like they could construe your flying as commercial, meaning they will want to regulate you anyway. The FAA has determined that it owns all of the airspace. Fortunately, we live faraway from bored FAA types.

      This all started when LAPD had a small plane with cameras, the idea was they could pull up at a barricaded subject and fly an orbit and have another officer watch the video screen to allow tac officers to know what is around, entrances etc. LAPD built the plane, set up the system, called a Press Conference, and while they were doing the pre-flight demo at a G.A. Airport the FAA showed up and grounded the plane. That they had no right to do so meant that clearly a new rulemaking needed to happen.

      Good Luck in your endeavors

  • I’d hate to think the Feds might crack down on students such as the one who recently lofted a gps and time-lapse camera via 30 trash bags filled with helium: http://projecttbac.org/

  • I’d hate to think the Feds might crack down on students such as the one who recently lofted a gps and time-lapse camera via 30 trash bags filled with helium: http://projecttbac.org/

  • I have heard that 3 out of 7 vehicles traveling south on Hwy 101 carry herb. The ones that carry herb south carry cash north. Aint capitalism great?

  • I have heard that 3 out of 7 vehicles traveling south on Hwy 101 carry herb. The ones that carry herb south carry cash north. Aint capitalism great?

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