CONSPIRACY THEORIES !

Title: Did ‘Mexican Drug Cartels’ Start the California Wildfires? Disreputable web sites provide no evidence to support a half-baked theory about the cause of the October 2017 fires.

Author: Snopes.com

Date: October 2017

URL: https://www.snopes.com/california-fires-drug-cartels-marijuana-farms/

Extract: As wildfires caused devastation in parts of California in the fall of 2017, conspiracy theories about their causes followed quickly behind. On 14 October 2017, the web site Got News claimed that law enforcement officials and cannabis industry figures believe that Mexican drug cartels are to blame for starting the fires:

STATE

Title:  At least 31 legal cannabis farms have been destroyed in the California fires That number is expected to rise significantly once evacuation orders are lifted and farmers are allowed back to their property

Author: Cannabist

Date: 18 October 2017

URL: http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/18/california-marijuana-farmers-fires/90325/

Extract:  The same fires that destroyed Northern California wineries and threatened to taint grapes still on the vine also took a toll on the region’s marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation’s largest recreational pot market opens for business in January.

The same fires that destroyed Northern California wineries and threatened to taint grapes still on the vine also took a toll on the region’s marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation’s largest recreational pot market opens for business in January.

Morales and the workers who made it around the roadblocks Sunday worked to cut down 2,500 smoke-damaged plants, which will be worth far less than the top dollar he had hoped to get for premium bud.

The same fires that destroyed Northern California wineries and threatened to taint grapes still on the vine also took a toll on the region’s marijuana farms, which were about to begin an important harvest less than three months before the nation’s largest recreational pot market opens for business in January.

Morales and the workers who made it around the roadblocks Sunday worked to cut down 2,500 smoke-damaged plants, which will be worth far less than the top dollar he had hoped to get for premium bud.

Title:  In California’s Weed Country, wildfires burn both cash and crops

Author: Marketwatch.com

Date: 18 October 2017

URL: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-californias-weed-country-wildfires-burn-both-cash-and-crops-2017-10-17

Extract:  “The officers said that anyone who had any dope in their car was going to jail,” one of the farmers helping load the animals recounted in a telephone interview. “That was really scary.”

Title: Marijuana Farmers Hit Hard by California Wildfires

Author: How Stuff Works.com

Date: 16 October 2017

URL: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/marijuana-industry-hit-hard-by-california-wildfires.htm

Extract: The wildfires, which have burned more than 213,000 acres (86,198 hectares) and 5,700 structures and killed 41 people, have also raged in the so-called Emerald Triangle — Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties — where much of the marijuana in the United States is grown.

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Title: Fountain Valley moves to ban recreational marijuana businesses

Author: La Times

Date: 18 October 2017

URL: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-fv-council-marijuana-20171018-story.html

Extract:  The Fountain Valley City Council took a step Tuesday toward banning recreational marijuana-related businesses in town. The council voted 4-0, with member Mark McCurdy abstaining, to approve the first reading of an ordinance to ban all commercial marijuana activity such as shops and delivery services, plus outdoor cultivation. The council must affirm the ban with a second vote at a later meeting for it to take effect. “Since we anticipate other cities in Orange County are actually going to allow commercialization, it might be a prudent approach for the council to take a step back and see what happens in the other cities first by issuing a ban now,” said Colin Burns, the city’s attorney. “And then if it works out in the other cities and people are happy with it, and there’s no secondary impacts and the industry is running up to par, you can always lift your ban later on.”

KERN COUNTY

Title: California city, county disagree on commercial marijuana policy

Author: American City & County.com

Date: 16 October 2017

URL: http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/california-city-county-disagree-commercial-marijuana-policy

Extract:  Despite recreational marijuana being legalized in California, Kern County and one of its cities, Bakersfield, can’t agree on how the commercial side of the now-legal industry should function in their jurisdictions. On Oct. 11, the Bakersfield City Council voted to uphold a ban on marijuana dispensaries that the city has had in place since 2013, Bakersfield Now reports. Any business associated with marijuana may not operate in the city, according to Bakersfield.com. Due to California’s Proposition 64 however, city residents can use marijuana and grow a small amount, per Bakersfield.com.  Not all council members agreed with the move. Council member Willie Rivera voted to approve dispensaries, saying the city missed out on a revenue stream. “We made a decision to forego a bunch of potential revenue, and we just finished a very lengthy discussion where apparently the majority of my colleagues feel it necessary to go to the voters and ask them whether they think a sales tax is appropriate,” Rivera told Bakersfield Now.

MANHATTAN & REDONDO BEACH

Title: Manhattan and Redondo Beach consider banning recreational marijuana sales

Author: TBR News.com

Date:  16 October 2017

URL: http://tbrnews.com/news/manhattan_beach/manhattan-and-redondo-beach-consider-banning-recreational-marijuana-sales/article_a2f11c6e-b2a4-11e7-8e48-e7880396c08f.html

Extract: Both Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach city councils plan to consider on Tuesday further strengthening their cities’ prohibitions on the commercial sale of marijuana by extending the ban to any pot sold for recreational purposes as well.In January, the November 2016 California voter-approved Adult Use of Marijuana Act takes effect, which makes it legal for any individual over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of cannabis. The law also opens the door to commercial marijuana sales for recreational purposes, for which cities have the authority to either allow or prohibit.

REDDING

Title:  Redding to craft rules allowing commercial pot

Author: Redding.com

Date: 17 October 2017

URL: http://www.redding.com/story/news/local/2017/10/17/live-redding-city-council-talks-commercial-pot-police-station-sale-mcconnell/769209001/

Extract:  Redding will cautiously join the growing number of California cities that allow commercial marijuana in city limits. But exactly how those rules — which in most cases trump state-level rules regulating the burgeoning industry — will look isn’t yet clear.

The City Council on Tuesday night gave a nod to City Attorney Barry DeWalt to start crafting rules for council approval. Those rules will address broad areas including:

  • Repealing current rules allowing people to grow up to 6 marijuana plants outdoors. Proposition 64 allows users to grow up to six plants indoors.
  • Allowing retail sale of medical and recreational marijuana, though the city will limit the number of shops and require a competitive bidding process for licenses.
  • Allowing manufacture of marijuana products, such as concentrated marijuana, but limiting how those products are manufactured.
  •  Allowing distribution of marijuana between growers and sellers and delivery between sellers and their customers.

He’ll return at a future meeting with those rules for another round of approval.

 

SAN LUIS OBISPO

Title: SLO County board may ban marijuana shops leaving “advocates” shocked

Author: San Luis Obispo.com

Date: 17 October 2017

URL: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article179438841.html#storylink=cpy

Extract: In a drastic change from previously proposed commercial marijuana policy, three of five San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted in a straw poll to ban medical and recreational dispensaries and prohibit manufacturing of edible goods in unincorporated areas of the county. Industry representatives at the hearing said they were “shocked” by the shift and that the board was “totally ignorant” about how the industry works.

 

SUISUN

Title: Suisun passes temporary ban on retail marijuana activity

Author: Daily Republic

Date: 18 October 2017

URL: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/solano-news/suisun-city/suisun-passes-temporary-ban-on-retail-marijuana-activity/

Extract:  SUISUN CITY — The City Council approved a plan Tuesday to prohibit all commercial marijuana activity in the city between now and July 1, 2018, to give city planners the time they need to craft a long-term ordinance that meets council direction laid out earlier this fall. Council members said in September they don’t want retail sales, but were open to seeing a cannabis business zone that would encourage a 10- to 15-acre multiple-function campus that incorporated professional uses. City planners asked for the temporary ordinance Tuesday because they felt they did not have enough time between now and Jan. 1, 2018, to take all the steps necessary to run such cannabis-related regulations past organizations such as the Planning Commission and the Solano County Airport Land Use Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

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