As someone who has been in the industry for many years- and currently operates several hundred square feet below the "cottage level" cutoff (ie- under 2500 sq ft hoophouse), I couldn't disagree with you more.
The SoCo taxes as proposed to start are better then any of the other legal states. Worse then Humboldt- better then what has been proposed or passed anywhere south or east of here. Yes the "up to" 10% is scary. But this is a process in a process- the county, for those that have been involved in the process- clearly wants to support small operators and not kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
Welcome to the real world or regulation, taxes, osha, labor boards, etc, etc.
Guess what? We are finally being handed a legal and regulated industry. Scary, yes. Expensive, yes. But we also escape living in a world where what we do is unauthorized...illegal...but we have a "legal defense" of sorts when busted.
Yep- many of us are going to have scale up considerably. But we will have the freedom to do so without fear of Henry 1's flights twice a year. And yep- a lot of players- both small and large...are pretty much done. If you can't produce a product that is good enough for the CA market your days ave very numbered. So be it- these are the people who have created much of the environmental, worker, and criminal abuses in our region.
Maybe you should have explained to people that without a tax in place the county doesn't issue permits. Without county permits you can't get a state permit. Meaning the cannabis industry in SoCo could become completely illegal for 1-2years++. Under a federal administration itching to screw the cannabis industry, and CA in particular.
It was surprising that there was no opposing argument on the ballot, and I assumed it was because there were no objections - that this was county business as usual. Thank you for this article, it makes the whole issue a lot clearer: especially that this tax will make it almost impossible for small growers.
A short video clip can know anything as long as it is long enough to capture what it needs.
Props to Linda Morand for correcting the "King Henry" who wanted to be rid of a meddlesome priest cited in "Resist, Refuse, Sue" (Feb 1). 'Twas, indeed, Henry II, not Henry VIII. BUT, allow me to offer a little correction of Morand's correction. Henry VIII's troubles were with Thomas More (one "o"), the Lord Chancellor of England. The Thomas Moore (two "o"s) that Morand inadvertently identified was an 18th-century Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". Just sayin'.
Michael F McCauley
Not much new here, really. Surprising it is considered newsworthy.
I appreciate the Bohemian publishing my OpenMic on the march, as well as a link to Maria de los Angeles' article on the New York march. This talented, young, Mexican artist is a frequent visitor to Santa Rosa. A longer version of my article has been published at over a dozen national sites; it can be read at the following link, which includes photos: http://www.hopedance.org/home/awakenings/3….
The "Resist, Refuse, Sue" article in this week's Boho is must-reading. Rep. Jared Huffman's closing comments are worth considering: "...there is reason to believe there will be the most credible case for impeachment you'll ever see."
Is there any THC in Terpenes?
We can't really be picky with such a long weird name, but we are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa. - Rev. Chris.
HellBender needs to be touring nationally
The Beer Advocate rates "the Younger" exactly the same as "the Elder." Save your time and money.
Terpenes are not, actually, essential oils - although they can be components of essential oils. Limonene can be derived from Lemon oil, Humulene from hop oil, etc. True pure cannabis terpenes are usually derived from a steam-distilled cannabis oil.
The question that should be put to Hopkins is this: Does she advocate "sanctuary" status for Sonoma County because the wine industry fat cats who backed her profit from illegal immigration?
Fantastic letter, Doug!
Methinks that Ms. Hopkins is quite adept at the "art" of doublespeak.
I am heartened that you have conveyed so clearly that you aren't buying such nonsense.
And neither am I.
It is one thing to use Donald Trump's victory and upcoming ascendancy to power as an easy diversionary target in an effort to deflect the memories of the voters away from the disturbing facts of how she obtained her seat.
However, it is quite another thing to think that all of the voters are so stupid that they will not realize the irony in the adoption of such a sordid political tactic.
Fortunately, the Fifth District isn't entirely composed of fools who will blithely buy into such nonsense.
It is now up to Ms. Hopkins to decisively prove the naysayers wrong by disavowing the unprecedented plethora of dirty tactics which were employed by her big-money donors, her advisers and her handlers who helped her to obtain this local seat of political power.
We'll be watching and waiting with equal parts of anticipation and apprehension.
But we won't be holding our breath.
It's ironic and hilarious that David Dale is so rapped up in his own issues that he thinks that David Madgalene insulted his precious substandard fart form.
First off. David M. is a professional creative writer, and a very good one, who has written numerous novels, and poetry books, which David D. has no comprehension about, and so projects his own tv viewing onto David M. to insult him, like a talentless rapper insulting a real poet. The most funny thing about all of David's peurile comment is that he missed the whole meaning of David M.'s essay, which was satire, and in so doing proved David M.'s points by creating his own accidental, cloud of unconscious irony.
David M.'s satire had posed a what if question, stating that "if" rap were dead, then Trump has revived it, not as a real talented rapper, but as a clown puppet of the rich, fooling people with naughty rhymes and doggerel. See, David M. doesn't hate rap, nor did he say it's dead, he just said, "if" it were, then perhaps Trump could revive it. That's a kind of literary device way beyond simple little pouting, angry, hostile David D.'s tiny brain power, and that makes me laugh, a lot, that David D. would be so defensive about his little rap music that he'd completely misunderstand & misread an entire essay.
Anyway, I've got better things to do, but I'll quickly set the record straight. David M. has lived in NYC, and hung out with more real inner city ethnic folks than David D. could ever dream to meet.That's part of David M.'s sophistication, he lived in the big city, traveled, and lived in various places, and made friends with many people of different races, and he especially respects black African American culture, and he has also graduated from a fine American university, and also studied creative writing with a number of professional writers at Naropa, and other locations, and studied with some who are African American. It's very hilarious to me that someone so simple minded, could be so offended, by misreading a clever essay about current American political culture, and misread it to be an attack on rap, when in fact it's nothing of the sort. A misreading so gigantic that this person misses the entire point of the essay, that a mirror is necessary on a culture, when a culture can create a Donald Trump as it's president. And it's fascinating to me that someone would take such great offense, just to defend an art form (rap), with some geniuses & true artists, but also with many deplorables, and who thus completely missed the meaning of the essay, and yet, in doing so, ironically, he shows a mirror of the exact way that people can react mindlessly, aggressively, stupidly, as Trump does on Twitter, to every little perceived slight, instead of being smart, classy, & dealing with more important issues. David Dale sure ironically illustrated David Magdalene's points in his essay, by behaving like a Trump, or a Trump "alt-right" deplorable, whining about being insulted, and missing the whole point in their silly fury. I don't think rap loving and worshiping Dave D. really is a deplorable, he's probably a good guy who wants to respect everyone, & treat people right, I guess, I'm sure willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the problem is, if you can't see the forest from the trees, then you can look the other way easily, when people like Trump & his band of deplorables come along with their chain saws, & steamrollers, and pretty soon our forests are gone, because too many are distracted by nonsense, & piddle, of their own creation, & that of our deplorable overlords.
I think that was part of David Magdalene's essay's point. Sorry David D. missed it. I can't wait to read David M.'s satire of this minor brouhaha, should he be so inspired, as he is fully capable of great satire, but I won't obligate him to write one, as a fellow writer, I deplore being obligated to write (unless I'm paid, then I'll love it!). I can imagine it though, having read, and seen performed, much of my friend David Magdalenes' very clever, funny, shocking, insightful, and compassionate writing about many African Americans, and, of course, white Americans that David has known, & imagined, in his brilliant creative writings. David M. has written many poetic raps in his creative writing, demonstrating the voices of various characters, that are terrific, and likely David D. would probably like it, if he put aside "his tv," and went to read them on Amazon.com or hoodoodog.blogspot.com and checked it out. David D., remember that what you misread, & took offense to, was "creative" writing, not literal. If you had just noticed the "if" in David's essay, you might have spared yourself of your embarrassing knee jerk silly reaction, since your little rap music was never attacked in the first place.
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Response to E. G.Singer
E.G., Thank you for showing your support for #DAPL, however, I feel you missed the point that this a victory for Tribal Sovereignty. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Tribal council and Elders made this a reality. It was begun by Native youths but sovereignty is what leads. Neither individuals nor organizations are sovereigns. It is wonderful to see the support from around the world for this effort. Water is sacred, thank you for your thoughts.
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I live in a rural residential area and I have seen a grower move in to a very close family neighborhood and construct an 8 foot fortress fence with a padlock solid 8 foot hight gate all around the little neighborhood lot and house they bought. Only thing missing is the armed guards.
This is not kid friendly or neighborly. Usually one guy lives on these properties as a guard or watchman. These are neighborhoods. We also don't want other big industries next door. We want neighborhoods where people live, have kids, know each other and are a community. Many of the grow sites destroy community. They are not usually families. Just a care taker watchman and a big keep out fence.
$190 an ounce? Geez, we were getting more than that in the seventies! What a deal!
There is no way you are christian dude. If you knew what the communists you would put in power would rewrite the bible if you were allowed to have one, then once the muslims kicked their ass, you would get a Qu'ran or a guillatine. Soft head. This is more typical crap that goes on in Stett Holbrooks sandbox.
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