Nov 302012
 November 30, 2012

Emerald GrowersEmerald Growers Association Calls On Mendocino County Residents And Elected Officials To Take Action As Feds Pursue Legally Compliant Medical Cannabis Farmers

In an attempt to gain access to the personal and financial information of state law‐compliant medical cannabis farmers in Mendocino County, federal authorities have requested records regarding the county’s pre-­‐2012 medical cannabis cultivation ordinance. Last week local press reported that County officials received a federal grand jury subpoena issued to the Mendocino County Auditor-­‐Controller’s Office, demanding records of fees paid to the county by farmers seeking to comply with the ordinance in good faith. Emerald Growers Association (EGA), a medical cannabis trade association representing farmers in the Emerald Triangle region, considers the targeting of law-­‐abiding citizens misguided and has called on residents and elected officials to take action immediately.

In Mendocino County, illegal growers, some with ties to violent Mexican gangs like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, have taken over public lands and in the past, according to various media outlets, have fired on local residents, hikers, park rangers, and sheriff’s deputies. In addition to the resulting violence, illegal grows have contributed to environmental devastation unprecedented in recent times including the diversion of natural waterways, clear cutting of forest lands, and pushing wildlife such as the California Fisher to the brink of extinction through indiscriminate use of pesticides at illegal grow sites. While federal efforts have failed to meaningfully address the problem for residents, Mendocino County was actively working with local farmers to address and remedy these and other issues through strict local regulation, exercising its broad public interest in promoting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.

Mendocino County established a strict regulatory framework in compliance with California’s medical cannabis laws and the California Attorney General’s Guidelines for the Security and Non-­‐Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use; in doing so the County successfully began to bring local cannabis cultivation above ground by creating incentives for farmers to comply with laws on transparency, non-­‐diversion of medical cannabis and environmental degradation, as well as a clear means of separating state-­‐law compliant farmers from their unlawful counterparts. Now, the federal government is attempting to punish the farmers that were brave enough to stand up and become leaders in the fight to take back Mendocino County from the hands of criminal organizations.

Farmers complied with the ordinance in good faith, with the reasonable assumption that compliance with county law would not leave them worse off in terms of their exposure to federal harassment than not complying with county law. It would be manifestly unjust to hang these farmers out to dry and expose them to possible criminal prosecution by delivering their personal information in response to the subpoena. The County Board of Supervisors must defend these citizens by directing the County Counsel to do his utmost to prevent such disclosures.

Federal authorities are abusing their discretion in targeting the hard working and honest people of Mendocino County. Further, these latest federal actions undermine and chill the County’s ability to effectively regulate cannabis cultivation; as such they also endanger the public health, welfare and safety of Mendocino County residents. This federal overreach works a serious injustice upon the residents of Mendocino County, who overwhelmingly support strict regulation of medical cannabis in their county.

There will be a special meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The EGA is urging all Mendocino County residents to call and e-­‐mail their County Supervisors before the meeting to demand that the County act to protect its citizens’ interests and to fight the federal subpoena by passing a unanimous resolution to direct County Counsel Tom Parker to oppose it in court, if necessary.

The EGA’s mission is to “promote the medicinal, environmental, social, and economic benefits of lawfully cultivated sun-­‐grown medical cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle Region by advocating for public policies that foster a healthy, sustainable medical cannabis industry.”

Press Release From The Emerald Growers Association

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    The Federal Government is protecting the cartels.

    “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

    • moldy

      That can’t happen here, only in third world countries do they… never mind.

      • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

        ;-)

  • Johnny Bloomington

    Fight, fight, FIGHT IT! I’m so sick of the feds and their shit. The federal government is too big and they wonder why we’re in debt…

  • greenbudstar

    I have been gettin high so long 1964 that I sweat pure THC….it never pays to just let anyone at all know that your grower is the way to play it close to the vest dudes and dudetta’s…let your dick hang out and somebody will notice…

  • http://www.facebook.com/wvkelly Wendi Victoria Kelly

    It’s so sick! The feds and ALL OF YOU AMERICANS THAT DON’T THINK MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL are just putting money that should be going into our economy, and handing it over to the drug cartels!

    Sorry if that stings some of you, but it’s the truth. You’re supporting drug kingpins, gang activity, and even murder by not getting on board with the legalization of pot. People are NEVER going to stop smoking weed. This war on drugs will NEVER be won, so PLEASE PEOPLE, STOP acting like scared little babies when it comes to this topic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000756897678 Mark Elron

    Fascism is rooted deep in these United States, and it ain’t gonna go away by ignoring it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darawjournalist Da Raw Journalist

    FUCK FIGHTING EVERY STATE IN USA IS SOVEREIGN……THEIR 4 THE FEDS DONT HAVE NO FUCKING POWER WAKE UP ….POOR EXCUSE 4 AMERICANS…..DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindacrosb Crosby Linda

    It is time to be legalized!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.buchanan.39 William Buchanan

    The ball is rolling and the federal government doesn’t like it one bit, they probably stand to lose more than they’re willing. Think of all the bribes they will cease to get by all those companies who have big financial interests in keeping it illegal, and the more conservative side too,sometimes it seemd they would love to put a bann on freedom in general.