HUMBOLDT GROWER

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Flore down in the Castro… — June 10, 2018

Flore down in the Castro…

There is some confusion over at http://kymkemp.com/2018/06/07/sfs-castro-district-not-sure-if-cannabis-retail-store-featuring-humboldt-county-farmers-is-good-fit/. The commenters are knee jerking – they have not bothered to understand the whole situation.

Let’s start with our local Humboldt County farmers. Both Humboldt Growers Network and Flore want to support those hard working farmers – it is hysteria to think that helping our farmers is equivalent to milking them. Humboldt Growers Network fully intends to bring as much Humboldt pot to market as we can and we have developed a relationship with Flore and we hope it grows. I am an old San Francisco boy and I can’t think of a better clientle to serve than the Castro community and San Francisco. We up here in Humboldt are a natural fit with San Francisco and the Bay Area – hey, its always been the City to us. And why wouldn’t San Francisco want to get its hands on the best cannabis out there – especially when you consider that Humboldt is one of the few places you can get clean, killer pot.

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Trump… — May 5, 2018
Cannabis international market… — March 11, 2018
A change in the wind…. — February 17, 2018

A change in the wind….

Until the government recognizes that cannabis is a culture more than it is an Ag crop we will get nowhere – until the government recognizes they have no control of this counter culture,  let alone this new industry

Washington
Oregon
Cali now

You did not include the cannabis leaders in the ramp up to 215.

You have not included them now.

This mistake will result in millions of people, not thousands, suffering the consequences.

And this ill considered way of thinking by government effects all small business not just small cannabis business.

Cannabis belongs to the American people. As much as we all hate the black market and all the dysfunction that comes with it…..it’s ours.

When government recognizes that they have no control and take our offer to give them a piece of our business in exchange for constitutional protection, we will be on the correct path. That’s the deal.

Government has again and again proven they have no control and the shortsighted legislatures end up always supporting the black market.

All stemming from the same basic misunderstanding.

Americans won this war and the US government lost. Until the government approaches it that way, legalization won’t work.

One year from now with all the states failing and 90% of investors reaching the 5 year mark on pro-formas….

Investors will pull out and legalization will collapse.

Legalization only works if we are part of it…..do the math.

You can’t eradicate, imprison, deport or murder us. I know you are not used to that……but unless you do you get used to it…. you will get your ass handed to you by the American public.

The cannabis world makes a place for everyone who was rejected or behind in this country….we are the underdogs…..we offer a path of hope.

Cannabis and cannabis culture is just like what Christianity was supposed to be.

What we have done: — January 12, 2018

What we have done:

The people of Humboldt County have done amazing work as Americans in the fight for cannabis legalization. Make no mistake, cannabis was legalized in California by the mass of people growing it. A breaking point had to be reached to bring about legalization. The bubble popped. This was the first war to my knowledge fought by families with plants in their hands rather than swords. We have just been a part of one of the most rigorous tests our Constitution has ever been put through. If we had been somewhere else, this would have either been a cartel run industry or we would have all just been squashed. Only in the United States, where a people are protected by their Constitution, as we have been, could this have happened.

This war was not won by lobbyists or by convincing the government. It was won by sheer numbers in force…just like any other war. We are now negotiating a treaty. We are going for full constitutional protection as American citizens. We are American Heroes not criminals. We are the peaceful activists that changed the world. Whether you planted one plant or a million plants we all fought on the same side….together.. Even if you were just a nice hippy who liked the laid back lifestyle and just moved up here a few years ago…those plants you grew, you grew with us, with purpose, in the fight for our rights and our freedoms. We won! one of the greatest victories in history. Many soldiers that spent decades with us in our community can now go home….no longer needed. But, we cannot abandon those front lines that we have so long held.

When wars are over, there is lots of clean up to do – our communities, our families, our futures. The old paradigms are changing but there are important parts of our history that need to remain. What we built in Humboldt is unique to the world – KMUD, the MATEEL community center, our local infrastructure, the land itself – these icons must be held steadfast; they have become our own national treasures. They are the basis for our strong community and they do not exist anywhere else. We need to cherish them. These are the tools that will bring us success in the coming years. We are the strongest cannabis farming community in the world. We have all we need right here at home. Stand your ground here. Don’t sell out!

How do we cooperate in unity together so we can continue to wield our full strength collectively? We are a group of people who agree to disagree…..trying to get people to engage the process. The success of the small family farmer in the fight for legalization arose from a system of decentralized cells, a headless horseman, just blades of grass blowing in the wind. We are an impenetrable matrix, a Redwood Curtain, with no head to bite off; we are a sustainable anarchy, a group of independents that does not need to reach agreement because what we have built was built on a common trust and a common interest. We are word of mouth. Real grass roots hippy stuff. We may never get a consensus around here…….but we never needed one before. If you know Humboldt, then you know this.

It’s not over. What we have accomplished and what we have made, we can lose. We stand to lose our community if we don’t watch out. Many of us are scared of being taken down by the big fish…we need to stop obsessing on the size of our farms. As a unit of independent cells standing side by side facing the same direction we are all 1000 times larger than they will ever be. Just look in the mirror. We are the biggest small business in the world!

We have done more for small business and entrepreneurship than any industry in American history. We have written the most environmentally forward thinking agriculture regulations ever. Don’t stop there. Bad things happen when good people do nothing…….go all the way. Don’t stop until the whole country is smoking organic sungrown flower. It is our political move. Pharmaceutical empires and health care can be reimagined. Cannabis is the flashpoint. Make the connection between health and recreation. Happy people live longer. They need us more than ever. So don’t put down your plants! SHARPEN your shovels to a fine point and Sound the Charge!

steve & Tobias

what is with all the sensationalism? — December 5, 2017

what is with all the sensationalism?

On a recent reading of “Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest,” by Tara Anaïse – as printed on Salon at

Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest

Well, the obvious response is that is just the way journalism is. I suspect so, but this approach, essentially fictionalized reality or sensationalism, does the public and the emerging cannabis industry a disservice.

And here’s the thing, sometimes bad things happen in a criminal world – how is this some kind of shocking surprise? Yet, at least in Humboldt, the criminal world of cannabis is embedded in a larger culture and history – cannabis helped to build schools, community centers and a radio station in Humboldt. And, sensationalism denies the reader any understanding of this.

Repeated media outlets have followed this path; we assume that this sells and that is why these media would bother to distort. The cannabis lifestyle is exciting enough without adding false narratives.

We are in transition. The old days are passing and the new days are just appearing over the horizon. There is no place in this new world for these kinds of anti-cannabis screeds.

steve

Humboldt Growers now distributes! — November 17, 2017

Humboldt Growers now distributes!

Humboldt Growers has expanded its operations to include a new distributorship in Santa Rosa, California – Humboldt Growers Distribution. Catchy name, eh?

We are very excited to have acquired this centrally located facility. We believe that this will allow us to be one of the main access points between Humboldt County and the urban areas around Santa Rosa.

Our Santa Rosa showroom opens January 1st. You can bring your farm’s story to the front line. We can help you with several of the sales problems that are rising up at the horizon. Don’t be left up on the mountain.

Contact us with your current product line so we can get you into our inventory asap.

Email us at answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com
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We have minimum farmer cient requirements =

– 215/Collective member option (until 2019)

– Preferred customers are County and State licensed or in process

– Clean, tested cannabis or cannabis product (with a report in hand/ we prefer a track record)

– Must be very high quality product – competition demands this
– well formed and attractive flower = (looks like indoor)
– high THC percentage
– distinctive odor or other characteristic

– Preferred sample size is one pound (but could be less). We will need our growers to reserve more of their sample for projected sales)

– Preferred dep grown, but we will accept other options if appropriate. We prefer multiple harvest farms growing clones.

– Provide a short narrative of your story.

– We will want to visit your farm and facility to make an assessment.
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We have minimum distributor client requirements =

Yes, we want to help your distributorship sell Humboldt cannabis through our distributorship.

– You need intake from as few sources as possible.

– We can help match total farm production annually to meet your distribution needs annually.

Cannabis Farmer Suicide — November 16, 2017

Cannabis Farmer Suicide

Is legalization actually such a good deal? The growers are getting overwhelmed… the whole process seems designed to remove the old core, smaller, growers. Maybe the black market still has its place for awhile…

The Counties and the State sure seem to have decided that legalization needs to fail. You only need to look at their taxation plans. Time to start emailing your elected officials – here in Humboldt and across the State.

And what about San Francisco and Los Angles? Looks like they might shut down the permitting process in their cities; and being among the biggest urban markets in the State, well, that would be quite a blow. Still, things are in serious flux.

I tell you, officials have mis-read the market. It ain’t the get rich scheme that everyone imagines. Those assumptions are going to kill the market. By the time the State works this out, the blackmarket will have been given a boost and the small legal farmer will be in the toilet.

“Resist – Support the Blackmarket” could well be the new battle cry of cannabis growers across the State. Humboldt Growers has strongly supported growers participating in the legalization of their farms; but, now, we have a doubt.

Somehow folks think that the cannabis farmer is naturally just as rich as they can be. This is a myth; most farmers (upwards of 80%) are very small. They really can’t afford the pile on that is happening at both the County and the State level. Just consider Humboldt County’s expectations for rural roads to our cannabis farms; now, these are roads that the County has ignored for decades, but, all of a sudden if you will, they want hardtops or Class 4 roads. This puts a tremendous financial pressure on the farms. And, it is only one example.

Somehow folks think that the cannabis farmer is a reprobate, a low-life criminal that must be watched carefully – just look at the new laws that are involved. This is a myth; the original 60’s and 70’s homesteaders were ex-urban, not criminals. The make a quick buck greenrushers are what you are looking at now. The smaller growers nurture their land; they do not and won’t destroy that land. This is where they live!

Both the County and the State want to benefit from all this imaginary cannabis wealth; but when the goose is dead, well, there aren’t any more eggs. The wealth is based on an illegal market that is not accessible to the County and the State; but it is accessible to those growing cannabis and that is where the growers will retreat.

But, the situation is changing and it can be changed. The “microbusiness” license could help to address these issues – it makes it easier for farmers to succeed in the market; a vigorous and successful resolution to the really large growers and the cartels would help; the tax burden could be scaled back, as the other legal States have already done; the licensing could be streamlined; how about State-backed farmer loans offered to help address these costs?

There are solutions for those that can think outside the box.

Fight fellow farmers. Stand your ground. Humboldt farmers have never retreated and we won’t now. Resist!

 

The Sisters of the Valley visited the Ranch… — September 24, 2017

The Sisters of the Valley visited the Ranch…

The Sisters of the Valley, otherwise known as The Weed Sisters, came up to the Ranch last Thursday for a photo shoot with the British documentary film company Salon Pictures. We put together some lunch with staff and helped them out. They were a lot of fun.

 

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I interviewed them on my radio show, KMUD’s The Cannabis Show, airing each Thursday from 530 to 600PM. The show archives and streams at http://www.kmud.org. Sister Kate, the one in the middle in the picture, is quite outspoken about helping those in medical need.

I found them to be dedicated to their task. A “sisterhood”, while not related to any conventional religion, that is doing the good work.

Don’t bother with AUMA — June 19, 2016

Don’t bother with AUMA

AUMA is a poorly written initiative. MRRSA, at least, went through the legislature. Neither of these attempts at legalization have negated Federal law. That is about to change.

The DEA is re-scheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 on August 1, 2016. This essentially means that cannabis will be legal with a prescription across the country; this is called federal preemption, which means federal law overrides state law. It also means that the status quo of medical cannabis in California will remain the same. You need a doctor to ensure that you need this medicine. And, it implies that cannabis use, even if recreational, will require a doctor’s prescription – kinda makes AUMA pointless, especially when you consider that MMRSA actually covers our bases already.

This is even a more definitive assurance that cannabis will no longer be prosecuted as a crime in California than the October, 2015 California Federal District Court ruling that banned the DEA from going after cannabis businesses who follow the law. Cannabis legalization is firmly walking into the main stream.

Next stop – drop AUMA and amend MMRSA for recreational use through our legislature.

Write your representative and tell them so.