Community Leaders

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Humboldt County Democrats


HCDCC
"In addition to the candidate endorsements, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee strongly advocates for a “No” vote on Measure A. Unlike the current County cannabis rules, this measure was created without community input or oversight and lacks substantial support from our local environmental advocates and enforcement agencies. If approved by voters, it would establish 38 pages of onerous new rules and restrictions. To update these rules and regs, it would require another expensive trip to the ballot box to make any changes. Measure A would have devastating impacts on cannabis farmers of all sizes, including the very smallest. Learn more about No on Measure A."
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Garth Sundberg Sr.

Chair
Trinidad Rancheria
As Trinidad Rancheria’s Tribal Chairman, I must speak out and urge a No Vote on Measure A. Our community’s well-being, particularly regarding our environment, economy and job opportunities must be priority.

Humboldt County’s legal cannabis industry serves as an economic engine in our community. The existing regulatory framework balances the environment, economic growth and community safeguarding.

In 2016 and 2018, the Humboldt Board of Supervisors passed two land use ordinances and completed environmental review under CEQA to regulate and mitigate impacts of cannabis cultivation in Humboldt County. These ordinances and environmental analysis were developed through hundreds of hours of public input from people in every corner of the county - including cannabis cultivators, environmental groups, and neighborhood groups - as well as the county and state officials who would be responsible for program implementation.

Measure A introduces challenges that could harm our local economy. Adding hurdles for legal cannabis operations, risks further constriction of this vital industry, impacting both businesses and employees. Many of these individuals contribute to our economic vitality, spending locally and supporting small businesses. The stringent and rigid regulations it would enact would actually harm, not protect, small growers. Also, I object to the lack of public vetting and the proponents of Measure A submitting this Measure to the elections office without any public review.

Our Tribe joins the Board of Supervisors, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and other local governments and urge a No Vote on Measure A.
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Tina Gordon

Owner
Moon Made Farms
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"Moon Made Farms is a regenerative Sun + Earth Certified farm. We have plans to expand our solar array, but because we're over 10,000 sqft, we would have to reduce our cultivation footprint by 40% to be able to improve our environment."
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William Honsal


Humboldt County Sheriff
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"Measure A risks reversing the significant progress we've made to combat illicit and environmentally destructive cannabis farms within our community."
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Jackee Riccio

Executive Director, Cannabis For Conservation
Jackee Riccio
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"We found that the Initiative lacks in both environmental and scientific rigor, and was written with an undertone of
obstructionist rhetoric against the general cannabis industry as opposed to evidence-based policy. Most of the proposed changes would result in increased regulatory duties of the County and regulatory hoop-jumping for farmers, with no measurable, quantifiable, or data-supported conservation benefits."
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Noah Levy

Humboldt County Planning Commissioner
Noah Levy
The allegation from Measure A proponents that there has been a lack of coordination between the county and state resource agencies is “simply not true.”

“We had an extraordinary degree of interaction and consultation with all of the state agencies that were relevant in drafting these ordinances and revising the ordinance a couple of years later,”

"Every permit that comes through the Planning and Building Department requires permits from state agencies, such as the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Regional Water Quality Board and CalFire.

"Cannabis is subjected to the most stringent water protection of any agricultural crop in the state, and in Humboldt County, the Planning Commission [goes] above and beyond those rules to require hydrogeological analysis of anyone relying on a well to confirm that [cannabis farms] not going to be depleting the aquifers that may serve other wells for nearby surface waters, and incentivizing or requiring extra storage and the transition to rainwater catchment.”
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Susan Ornelas

Former Arcata City Council
Susan Ornelas
"I see Measure A as trying to solve outdated problems of the cannabis trade. It seemed the proponents couldn’t get neighborhood issues addressed to their liking, so leaning on old biases and personal stories, with very little knowledge of the public process involved in developing County Cannabis Policy and Programs, a neighbor group in Kneeland hired a lawyer to redress their issues. Measure A may have been interesting in 2005, but today it’s old news."
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Sarah Schaefer

Former Mayor
Arcata City Council
“In my mind, and from what I’ve heard from farmers and members of this cannabis community, honestly, this [initiative] is gonna be the nail in the coffin for the cannabis industry in Humboldt County."
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Nancy Olson

CEO
Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce
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"We oppose [Measure A] to protect the economic progress achieved through the legal cannabis industry. Implementing this initiative would jeopardize an important pillar of our local economy.

The legal cannabis industry has demonstrated its commitment to compliance and responsible practices. Regulations have been put in place to ensure public safety, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Local cannabis businesses actively collaborate with community organizations and authorities to address concerns and uphold high standards."
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Pat Neighbors

CEO
Vocality Credit Union
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"There are no mega grows or gigantic production plants here, but they can be found elsewhere in the state. To add further restriction of state-licensed businesses in our region creates another choke point to impede the success of our local friends and neighbors who are working within the laws of California. To re-energize and refocus our region, we would be better served to continue our efforts to find ways to support a path toward success of all small business owners in our area, including those that choose to do business as licensed, legal cannabis businesses."
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Paul Hagen

Attorney
North Coast Environmental Law
"The initiative is “unworkable and would be devastating to the [local] cannabis industry."
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Matt Kurth


Humboldt Cannabis Tours
“If Measure A passes, the seed of [Humboldt] cannabis tourism will die before it has a chance to root."

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