This week’s topic for Joe Knows, Joe Moran General Manager of 1 Degree Consulting empowered by Humboldt Green discusses the Abatement Letters that were sent out by the County of Humboldt to landowners. The notices order the recipients to correct or remedy violations within 10 calendar days or risk fines of $10,000 per day. Many of the notices are based upon images of greenhouses with the assumption that cannabis cultivation is occurring. You have the right to challenge these assumptions. If you feel you received an Abatement Letter in error, the 1 Degree Consulting team can help you challenge the County. Give the 1 Degree Consulting team a call at 707.890.6600.
Who is Joe and what does he know? Joe Moran, General Manager of 1 Degree Consulting a division of Humboldt Green®, is part of the Humboldt County cannabis brain trust. Growing cannabis has been Joe’s passion for almost three decades and he cultivated under Prop 215 for many years. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Planning. Joe’s education in rural environment land use was instrumental in his efforts to organize large-scale music and cannabis events and festivals since the early 1990’s. Joe has been an integral part of planning and permitting for events such as Reggae on the River, Reggae Rising, HempFest West, Humboldt Garden Expo, Cannifest, the Yes We Cann Parade & Hullabaloo and many other local cannabis events.
Living in Humboldt, studying environmental planning as well as being part of the cannabis culture and industry has led Joe to a unique position as a cannabis consultant. As part of the cannabis community for almost thirty years, Joe has a solid understanding of the historical pathway to legalization in California. Joe and the 1 Degree Consulting team understand how current policies and regulations drive consulting projects and take pride in assisting many clients in securing their local permits and State licensing. He has combined his education, experience and passions to help build bridges to compliancy for the cannabis community.
The pathway to legalization can be tricky and difficult to understand with changing regulations and the overall evolution of the cannabis industry. Many applicants have voiced that it’s hard to keep up with the latest cannabis news and how that applies to cannabis companies moving out of the darkness and into the light, we understand those concerns and are actively gathering the info that our community needs. So, where are you going to turn to get legit and up to date cannabis facts and information? Joe knows!
Tune into 1 Degree Consulting’s “Joe Knows” each week for all the latest cannabis industry regulation news. Joe will be providing information and helpful updates to the cannabis community about local issues in cities and the County such as building permits, agency review, dealing with neighbors and more. He’ll also be sharing highlighted information from CalCannabis, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch and the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Some hot topics include State temporary licenses expiring, mixing Adult and Medical products in addition to Industry issues such as the use of industrial hemp in CBD food products and supply chain challenges.
Interested in cannabis consulting services? Contact 1 Degree Consulting for a Phase Zero or Advanced Discovery Meeting and let us help guide you through the regulatory landscape and navigate the pathway to compliancy. Call 707.890.6600 or email us at 1D@GoHumboldtGreen.com. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 – 5:00 and we are located at 1580 Nursery Way, Suite D McKinleyville, CA 95519.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control California announced today that a temporary office will open up Monday, July 2nd at the Humboldt County Courthouse. The Courthouse located in Eureka, will serve as the temporary North Coast Regional office until their permanent location opens up later in 2018.
Cannabis businesses can apply for licenses and pay for their fees at the temporary location. Appointments are required to pay fees and can be made by calling 833.287.8171. Visit the new North Coast Bureau of Cannabis Control office at the Humboldt County Courthouse located at 825 Fifth Street in Eureka, Room 130.
Navigating the paperwork pathway to compliancy can be difficult. The 1 Degree Consulting team is here to help guide you through the process of filling out and submitting local permit applications and State license applications. We can help you complete a 90-day extension of your temporary license with your County permit if it is set to expire soon. If you do not file an Annual License application before your temp License expires, you will lose the right to have product in the marketplace. You would then have to apply for a receive your Annual License application before entering the marketplace. Don’t let that happen! 1 Degree Consulting is available to help you cut through the red tape and get to greener pastures.
Whether you are in the process of applying for a license already or are just beginning your journey and not sure where to start, we are here to help get your paperwork in order so your cannabis business will have a successful future. Call the 1 Degree Consulting team at 707.890.6600 or visit our offices at 1580 Nursery Way, Suite D in McKinleyville. We are located in the same shopping center as Northcoast Horticulture Supply.
The Humboldt Cannabis Council, Humboldt’s braintrust for a new cannabis future holds a regular podcast inviting members of the industry to weigh in on hot topics in our community as we ride the wave of cannabis legalization in California.
In the first episode, “The State of the Humboldt Union” the group discusses the current state of cannabis in Humboldt, where compliant cannabis businesses need to be in the near future and some ideas about what is going to happen as California cannabis industry matures.
Ken Hamik – Futurist and Owner of Hummingbird Wellness
Joanna Berg – Soil Scientist and Owner at Dirty Business Soil
Steve Gieder – Owner of Northcoast Horticulture Supply and Humboldt Green
Dan Mar – Owner of High Tide Permaculture and Compliant Farms
Gretchen Miller – Owner of Kiskanu
In the second episode, “Pesticides, Testing Labs and the Regulatory Rubik’s Cube” the group discusses Integrated Pest Management, how Farmers can test clean and do it right the first time in addition to new tricks being deployed on farms to eliminate mold and pests. The panel also discussed contamination reduction downstream and Certification Regimes.
Joe Moran – General Manager of 1 Degree Consulting
Joanna Berg – Soil Scientist and Owner at Dirty Business Soil
Derek Tolley – Sales Manager at Northcoast Horticulture Supply
Robert Zandi – Representative at SC Labs
In the third episode, “Dollars and Sense in the Current and Future Cannabis Market” the panel talks about the track and trace system versus the black market, the impact on California’s economy now that legalization is underway and what plans are underway to ensure Humboldt and Emerald Triangle products sustain profitable niches in the expanding market. The highlight of the discussion focused on the California Cannabis Bank Bill SB 930 and how to make cannabis banking in the industry safer since it is currently cash based only.
Ken Hamik – Futurist and Owner of Hummingbird Wellness
Steve Gieder – Owner of Northcoast Horticulture Supply and Humboldt Green
Michael McCoy – Chief Compliance Office of Redwood Capital Bank
Chrystal Ortiz – Board Member of International Cannabis Farmers Association
Visit humboldtcannabiscouncil.org for the latest Humboldt Cannabis Council Podcast episodes. Keep Humboldt Green!
The Kinetics Grand Championship takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend. Human powered art vehicles race over land, sand and sea for fifty miles all for the glory!
This year, Northcoast Horticulture Supply, Humboldt Green, House & Garden and Sensational Solutions have teamed up to sponsor the Mad Plants Beyond the Thunderclone Kinetics machine. Kinetics team leader Scott Cocking of Sideshow Designs shared several photos with us of the machine in progress.
We can’t wait to check out the finished machine at the Kinetics Grand Championship starting line on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday, May 26th. Help us cheer the Mad Plants team on to the finish line! The NHS crew will be out documenting the Kinetics team during the race. If you happen to snap a picture and post it to social media, use the hashtag #madplantskgc so we can find it and share it.
KINETICS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP RACE DETAILS
Race Day 1: Saturday, May 26
Arcata Plaza 9:00 AM to Noon *There will be TWO Noons this year with so many teams.
Manila Dunes Community Center Kinetic Festival Noon to 3:00 PM
Dead Man’s Drop 1:00 PM
Halvorsen Park Finish Line Party 1:00 PM till Dark
Day 2: Sunday, May 27
Wharfinger Building 9:34 AM
Eureka Natural Foods 12:00 PM
Loleta Hill 1:30
Day 3: Monday, May 28
Eel River Crossing Under Fernbridge 10:00 AM
Finish Line 1:00 PM
Check out the Kinetic Grand Championship website for more details about the event.
Things at The Jam Arcata are about to get Fresh and Strange. Humboldt Green is producing Fresh Strange Fridays after Arts! Arcata on Friday, June 8th. Enjoy music, comedy, art and media celebrating the Humboldt commUnity. There will be infused drink and food specials and a Fancy Pants Dance Off. Headlining Fresh Strange Friday is Ideateam. Also taking the stage musical guests LIFE (Lyrics In Full Effect) & Sasquatch Josh will be bringing the hip hop. Crack a smile with local comedians Kim Hodges and Will Toblerone. James Shelton will be doing a live painting during the event. The live art painting will be auctioned off at the end of the night to support the local non-profit Community Pride and Peace. Fresh Strange Friday is a great way to enjoy a night out, get involved in the commUnity and support local artists. Hit up Fresh Strange Fridays at The Jam located at 915 H Street in Arcata on Friday, June 8th starting at 9:00 PM. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.
You’re invited to the 1 Degree Consulting office in McKinleyville to learn about the Canndor Herbarium Project. Founders of the project, Eleanor Kuntz, PhD and Kerin Bentley, PhD will be on hand to discuss the mission and activities of the herbarium and how these activities can benefit the greater cannabis community. The discussion will also explore the topics of varietal standards, appellations, best agricultural practices, cannabis in human health and how the Herbarium itself acts as a springboard into linking and deepening our understanding of these topics.
A herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens. The Canndor Herbarium pressing party will help facilitate Mother Plant Voucher creation. To participate, bring a bouquet of 3-4 cuttings (or starter clones) of each of your mother plants and/or cultivars that you will be growing this season to the press party. It is very important to label these cuttings prior to arriving at the party. Bring a vessel with you to keep the fresh cuttings in water. Canndor will provide the wood flower presses for you to use at the party to press your own genetics.
Vouchering your mother plants is important because the Voucher Specimens provides your farm with a tangible, permanent record of plant stewardship. Your specimens can be linked to additional information (oral histories, pedigree information, genetic data, etc.), adding context and trackable proof of ownership. Vouchers also help document the biodiversity that you cultivate on your farm and provide referenceable metrics of cultivation quality.
The Canndor Herbarium Pressing Party is scheduled for May 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the 1 Degree Consulting office located at 1580 Nursery Road, Suite D in McKinleyville. Call 707.890.6600 for more information. This is a free event provided by Humboldt Green and Canndor.
Three Humboldt State students, with less than a week left before they graduate, are headed to Sacramento on Thursday for the annual California State University Student Researcher Awards ceremony.
Cheyenna Burrows, Jenna Kelmser and Wyatt Kozelka, all of whom majored in environmental science management, have created a modeling tool as their capstone research project, a tool to determine the carbon footprint a indoor or mixed-light cannabis grow.
Read the rest of the Times-Standard article here.
The students coordinated with Humboldt Green, an Arcata cannabis consulting business created by Stephen Gieder, and used some of the information from an earlier model Gieder and others created for use by the city of Arcata.
Gieder’s involvement came from his relationship with HSU professor Kevin Fingerman, who was the faculty advisor for the students, and Gieder was able to provide support in the efforts.
“This project aligns well with the work we are doing,” Gieder said Tuesday. “I was aware of the project and was able to introduce them to some of the new technology and the best practices that can really help farmers, with indoor or mixed-light grows, to conserve energy.”
As the weekend of what would have been Cannifest’s 4th year approaches, Humboldt Green Events has high hopes for the state of temporary cannabis events in Humboldt County, despite having to manifest a new location and date for Cannifest 2018 due to new regulations.
Under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), temporary cannabis event licenses are only issued for events held at County Fairgrounds or District Agricultural Centers. Humboldt Green reached out to Redwood Acres Fairgrounds and Humboldt County Fairgrounds to hold Cannifest 2018 since they are basically the only two venues in Humboldt that are currently legally allowed to host cannabis events. Unfortunately, it worked out that Cannifest cannot could not be held at either of these State approved locations.
What happened to this year’s Cannifest?
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka has been the home of Cannifest for the past three years. With the new policies and regulations surrounding cannabis use at festivals, Redwood Acres informed Humboldt Green Events that their organization is postponing cannabis events for the remainder of 2018. The venue has also evolved into a growing business park that is frequented by children. Under the current regulations, if a cannabis event were to be held at a Fairgrounds location, no one under 21 would be allowed on the premises during the event. Since Redwood Acres is frequented by families, it’s not currently a venue that we would be able to produce a 21 and over cannabis event at.
On our quest to find another State approved venue, Humboldt Green Events also approached the Humboldt County Fairgrounds to hold Cannifest 2018. The Ferndale Chief of Police responded to our request and stated that the Humboldt County Fairgrounds resides within the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Ferndale. The City of Ferndale, by ordinance, does not allow the sale of marijuana or its by-products. Ferndale High School is also less than 1,000 feet away from the Fairgrounds. Under the current regulations, all cannabis events must be at least 1,000 feet away from school property. The Humboldt County Fairgrounds also has a no-smoking policy.
New California State Regulations on the Horizon
The silver lining in manifesting a new location for Cannifest has been the recent support from California State Assemblymember, Bill Quirk with Assembly Bill-2020 and Assemblymember, Jim Wood with Assembly Bill-2641. Both bills are in support of special temporary cannabis event permits that would allow consumption and sales at farmer market events and festivals. The aim of both bills is to make it easier venue-wise for temporary cannabis events to take place in order to discourage black market underground events that are not taxed by the State of California. The temporary cannabis event licenses would only be issued for venues approved by local jurisdictions. Producers of events would also be limited to four temporary cannabis event licenses per year.
Back in March, Humboldt Green Events sent a letter in support of AB-2020 to Assemblymember Quirk’s office. A portion of our letter was highlighted in the Times-Standard article titled Capitol Tracker: Cannabis banking, special event bills advance. In the letter, we shared with Assemblymember Quirk that by making a change to the limited venues where temporary cannabis events are allowed to take place, the State of California could provide greater opportunities to small cannabis businesses allowing an emerging industry the same opportunities granted to others, which in turn would provide financial support to local and regional economies.
AB-2020 Cannabis: local jurisdiction licensees: temporary event license was amended in assembly on April 19th, 2018 and was published to the California Legislative Information website on the cannabis holiday 4/20. According to Times-Standard, the bill was passed 13-1 by the Assembly’s Committee on Business and Professions and re-referred to an appropriations committee.
AB-2641 was introduced by Assembly Member Jim Wood back in February. The Times-Standard, reported that the bill would allow for the Bureau of Cannabis Control to grant a temporary license for special events in jurisdictions where the events have been approved at county fair events if locally approved.
What does all of this mean for Cannifest? The power of manifestation works! The cannabis community has been manifesting the path to keeping California Green and helping small businesses in the industry continue to grow by allowing for a State temporary event license to be issued for any venue expressly approved by local jurisdiction. This is huge news and a step forward for Humboldt Green Events to be able to provide the Humboldt community and beyond, a fully regulated and legal cannabis event at any venue approved by local government. This would allow Humboldt Green Events to hold Cannifest at some magical location in Humboldt or even take Humboldt’s Manifest Cannabis Festival on the road. The variety of venue options in California are endless, but each location depends on the opinion of local government and whether temporary cannabis events would be considered beneficial for their surrounding community.
Back in the beginning of 2018, when we realized we were unable to produce Cannifest 2018 at Redwood Acres scheduled for May 5th and 6th, we felt that we had somehow let our community down despite the fact that the postponement of Cannifest was out of our hands. The cannabis community was really supportive of our announcement about having to manifest a new date and location for Cannifest. We were really hoping to be able to hold the festival at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds instead and be able to keep the May 5th and 6th dates, but come to find out our only other venue option was also not cohesive for cannabis events. The news of the two bills introduced regarding temporary cannabis events is really a blessing for our entire community that has been struggling to find its place in the current state of legal cannabis business. So many of our small farms that produce craft cannabis and little mom and pop shops would greatly benefit from the opportunity of being able to sell their products at temporary cannabis events like farmers markets and festivals. The introduction of the two bills are really important to the livelihood of all types of business in the cannabis industry in Humboldt and beyond in the greater State of California.
What can I do? Participate in democracy!
How can you help make Cannifest, farmers markets and other cannabis events a possibility? Call your elected officials and ask them to vote in favor of AB-2020 and AB-2641. Locate your local California representative here. If you live in the Humboldt area, Jared Huffman US Congressman serving California’s 2nd District is your representative. You can contact him by email or by phone at (707) 981-8967.
The Green Team at Humboldt Green Events appreciates your love and support as we continue to adjust in this new legal cannabis frontier. Stay tuned for updates about our next move with Cannifest on our Facebook or Instagram pages.
– The Humboldt Green Team, Producers of Cannifest
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