Humboldt County Nixes Casual Crop eXchange; Marijuana Educational Series Takes Its Place
The Humboldt County Planning Department slammed shut a door on the Casual Crop eXchange, a medical marijuana farmers market held in Southern Humboldt multiple times since March of 2016. According to an article in the Times Standard, John Ford the Planning Department’s director said, ““If you’re selling cannabis right now, you fall under the dispensary ordinance…The dispensary has to be within a building….It requires a permanent location. To do it without a permit is not legal.” Backers of the Casual Crop eXchange open an educational series in response to Ford’s ruling.
Last December the second Humboldt County Cup had to be moved from the Ferndale Fairgrounds when a similar concern was raised about consuming cannabis. On-site sales and consumption occur at many other festivals throughout the state in restricted areas outdoors. The Emerald Cup and the High Times Cup were both held in Sonoma County this last year. Both brought thousands of attendees filling hotel rooms and restaurants for miles in each direction. One estimate placed of the economic effect of the 2016 Emerald Cup alone on Sonoma County was “in the tens of millions of dollars.”
In an odd coincidence unreconcilable with Humboldt County’s position, recently Northern Nights, a popular music festival, straddling the border of Humboldt and Mendocino announced that it would expand its medical marijuana zone. A blog from the festival announced, “The game is changing for how festivals will approach cannabis use in the future and Northern Nights is continuing their pioneering efforts to remove the stigma around Cannabis use…The Cannabis Tree Lounge highlights Humboldt, Mendocino and Northern California cultivators…”
A press release from the originators of the Casual Crop eXchange states that they “look forward to presenting the Humboldt County Planning commission with an application for a medical cannabis dispensing permit.” The release states, “They’re hopeful the County will develop and allow on-site consumption and a farmers market permit for the Casual Crop eXchange.”
Now that Humboldt County has nixed the Casual Crop eXchange, the backers will offer a series of educational cannabis events the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Trim Scene Solutions store in Redway. The next presentation, Light Dep Summer Growing and Greenhouse Tech with Eric Branstad, will take place this Sunday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
Below is the entire press release from Humboldt Local and Trim Scene Solutions:
Humboldt Local, Inc. and Trim Scene Solutions are proud to announce their new Casual Sundays Educational Series. Based on the popularity of the speakers at his monthly Casual Crop eXchange, Trim Scene Solutions owner Joey Burger (commonly known as Humboldt Local) decided to create a series of lectures and presentations focusing on issues of importance to the Cannabis community. Open to the public, the bi-monthly series will take place the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Trim Scene Solutions store in Redway.
The inaugural event, Cannabis and Permaculture: A Brief Introduction to Ethical and Sustainable Cultivation for Farm and Profit, was incredibly well received. Permaculture Designer, Consultant and Educator Rico Zook, a cannabis farmer from the early days of Southern Humboldt’s Cannabis Industry, imparted his fourteen years of knowledge practicing Permaculture in India, Laos, Thailand and around the globe to an eager audience of locals.
The next presentation, Light Dep Summer Growing and Greenhouse Tech with Eric Brandstad, will take place this Sunday, July 9 at 1pm. Brandstad, a cannabis greenhouse expert, consultant and the general manager of Forever Flowering Greenhouses, is a recognized authority on greenhouse site development and greenhouse efficiency. He has served as a consultant to growers around the country for more than 10 years and empowered thousands of people through his radio, television interviews and public appearances with his cannabis greenhouse expertise. According to Joey Burger, “This guy really knows everything there is to know about greenhouses.” If you have any questions about how to improve your greenhouse game, or merely want to learn what a paid consultant teaches his clients, be sure to join us July 9 at 1pm.
For the foreseeable future, the Casual Sundays Educational Series will replace Trim Scene Solution’s extremely popular Casual Crop eXchange Farmers Market. In order to be in compliance with a new Humboldt County land ordinance, the 215 event is temporarily cancelling all future events. Humboldt Local, Inc. and Trim Scene Solutions look forward to presenting the Humboldt County Planning commission with an application for a medical cannabis dispensing permit. They’re hopeful the County will develop and allow on-site consumption and a farmers market permit for the Casual Crop eXchange. Trim Scene Solutions would like to thank all the attendees, vendors, speakers, sponsors and everyone else who participated in the Casual Crop eXchange over the last year and a half. “We made a very special community celebration,” Joey Burger explains gratefully. “And we hope to have many more.”