The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors took several actions Tuesday to aid struggling cannabis farmers facing a flooded market and falling cannabis prices throughout the state.
The board directed county staff to provide more time for cultivators to pay taxes related to Measure S, the county’s commercial marijuana cultivation tax, and to implement Measure S tax incentives for water storage and renewable power. Supervisors also agreed to send a letter to the state asking for “regulatory changes to allow licensed cultivators to keep their license active and reduce their cultivation area,” as stated in the staff report.
Humboldt County Planning and Building Director John Ford said the county’s Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee has held several meetings with the cannabis community to identify primary issues and potential solutions within the industry.
“The biggest issues that they identified relate to the payment of major taxes and the cost of installing improvements,” he said. “Those improvements come in two forms: county-required improvements and improvements required by lake and streambed alteration agreements that are often required as part of projects.”
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