During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Eureka City Council approved a letter of opposition to Measure A, also known as the Humboldt Cannabis Reform Initiative, a countywide ballot initiative that would reshape local cannabis regulations.
If passed, the 38-page initiative would amend the county’s General Plan to restrict the size and number of new cannabis-growing operations across the county, ban mixed-light and indoor grows, and limit cultivation permits to one per person/corporation per parcel. It would also impose new rules for water storage, well-drilling, access roads, generators, and more.
The Arcata City Council unanimously approved a letter of opposition to Measure A back in October. Just yesterday, the Trinidad Rancheria issued a letter of opposition to the ballot measure. The Hoopa Valley Tribe, on the other hand, offered its endorsement.
Eureka’s letter of opposition outlines the various ways the cannabis industry has benefited the city. “Since the legalization of adult-use cannabis in California in 2016, Eureka has become a hub for cannabis supply chain activities, including cannabis manufacturing, distribution, retail, and tourism,” the letter states. “These ancillary activities have generated hundreds of jobs and millions in economic activity in the city and provide essential services to nearly 1,000 small-scale cannabis farmers in rural areas of the county.”
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