Humboldt Supes Follow Mendocino
I usually don't think much of elected officials dealing with issues outside their purview but, with our Board of Supervisors following the Mendocino County BOS in asking Congressman Mike Thompson to support legislation to legalize marijuana, that's one case of Monkey see- Monkey do I don't mind.
Actually, I think a case could be made that legalizing marijuana is a local issue and within the issue of the BOS. Let's hope they all sign on to it.
While they're at it, maybe they could ask Thompson to co- sponsor Rep. Ron Paul's bill to legalize industrial hemp, as mentioned here yesterday. I'm gonna send a fax to his Eureka office as soon as I'm done with my morning blogging. Hope you all do the same.
Remember to refer to HR 1009 as the bill you'd like him to co- sponsor. His Eureka office contact info is: 317 3rd St., Ste. 1, Eureka, CA 95501 Phone: (707) 269-9595, Fax: (707) 269-9598. If you're really lazy, you can go here and send him a message via web form. In any case, do something.
Then again, when you look at this California bill, do we really want to go with this one. Check out some of the restrictions on the growers:
The current bill would require that industrial hemp contain no more than three-tenths of 1 percent of THC. For the state, farmers would have to: attain a growers' permit; report the progress of the crop's growth; test and keep copies of the test report proving the crops' THC content; and use a GPS tracking system to monitor their crop's movement through the state.
And even with all the restrictions, it only allows for a five year pilot program in four counties and Humboldt isn't one of them.
I appreciate the effort but do we really want to go there?
This is one reason why we need to get Ron Paul's industrial hemp bill moving: So the state legislature won't be running in fear of the feds and thus trying to cover everyone's ass.