An embarrassing spectacle took place at the Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon, when California Cannabis Voice of Humboldt packed the chambers with their members and supporters.
We say embarrassing because “our” representatives were (falling all over themselves) competing with each other to see who grovel the best in front of Luke Bruner, the pitchman for this group. At the same time, they continued their childish bickering with Supervisor Lovelace. The only moment of truth or clarity came when Rex Bohn likened Bruner to a “traveling revivalist.” Bohn’s comment was right on the money, and characterized Bruner for exactly what he appears to be; a traveling “snake oil” salesman with a cure that is sure to kill you (or more likely, our local watersheds and forests).
Bruner mostly spent his time painting a picture of these “poor farmers” who generate millions (he said billions) in grey market revenue and just want respect.(ala Rodney Dangerfield)
Bruner brought forward their sixth “draft” of their purposed ballot initiative. This sixth draft, in the same tradition of the five drafts before, failed to address the big issues of Environmental degradation, revenue for regulation and any kind of limit on how many people can be involved in their profit making ventures.
Don’t misunderstand the Examiner Staff, we are fully behind legalization of cannabis. However, we are very skeptical of Bruner and company (CCVH). We resent this Board of Supervisors kicking the can down the road and letting this industry regulate itself. Locally, that kind of self regulation sure didn’t work out so well for us with the Timber Industry.
Cannabis legalization is coming. Destruction of our local environment by some greedy irresponsible growers is already happening. There is no doubt that this underground soon to be “above ground” industry needs to be regulated. However, should this regulation be at the expense of the environment in order to appease California Cannabis Voice? Absolutely not!