You Can Comment on the Draft EIR for Humboldt’s Proposed Commercial Cannabis Regulations

Draft EIR Cannabis HumboldtPress release from the County of Humboldt:

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (SCH # 2017042022) for the proposed amendments to Humboldt County Code Regulating Commercial Cannabis Activities (proposed ordinance) is now available for review. Public comment on this document is invited for a 45-day period from September 1 through October 16, 2017.

PROJECT LOCATION: The proposed ordinance would apply to all unincorporated areas of Humboldt County.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project would update the countyโ€™s existing Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (Section 313-55.4 and 314-55.4 of Chapter 3 of Division 1 of Title III of the County Code), as well as repeal the medical cannabis testing and research laboratories provisions and on-site consumption prohibition found in Sections 313-55.3.15, 314-55.3.15, 313- and 314- of Division 1 of Title III of the County Code, respectively. These establish land use regulations for the commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and sale of cannabis within the county.

SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: The DEIR evaluates whether the project would result in significant impacts in the following California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental issue areas: aesthetics; agriculture and forest resources; air quality and greenhouse gases; biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazards; hydrology and water quality; land use and planning; noise; public services; traffic and circulation; utilities and service systems; energy; and cumulative effects. As described in the DEIR many of these impacts can be fully mitigated, but some cannot, and would remain significant and unavoidable. Significant and unavoidable impacts include effects on air quality (Impact 3.3-2), exposure to odors (Impact 3.3-4); provisions of sufficient water supplies and infrastructure needs (Impact 3.13-2), and their cumulative impacts.

ADDRESS WHERE COPY OF DRAFT EIR IS AVAILABLE: The DEIR and proposed ordinance are available for public review and download on the Humboldt County website.

Printed copies of the document are available for public review at the following locations during normal business hours:
Humboldt County Humboldt County Library
Planning & Building Department Eureka (Main Library)
3015 H Street 1313 3rd Street
Eureka, CA 95501 Eureka, CA 95501

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT EIR: September 1, 2017 through October 16, 2017
To be considered, all comments on the DEIR must be received by the county no later than 5 p.m. October 16, 2017. Pursuant to Section 15088a of the CEQA Guidelines, late comments will only be considered at the countyโ€™s discretion. Direct comments to the following address:
Humboldt County Planning & Building Department
Attn: Steve Lazar
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501
or via email to

Please note that the Humboldt County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the DEIR and the proposed updated ordinance on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers and the County Courthouse.
Cannabis EIR web page



  • Is this draft available online? If so please list the address, if not please explain why.


  • really haven’t we accommodated these folks enough seems like the rules are constantly changing mostly in favor of those who wish to cultivate where does that leave the rest of us who are inconvenienced and our lives compromised by this leniency

    • If you think that your concerns are not addressed in the DEIR, read it, and then write down your comments and send them to the EIR’s comment processor (Mr. Lazar, who’s address Kym posted above) where they might lead to improvements. You can also post your comments on specific issues here and elsewhere. Alternatively, you can just complain. NEPA rules require that all public comments be read and any significant issues in them be addressed in the final report.

  • The draft should certainly be available at ALL library branches.

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