#californiacannabis – Humboldt – “Ultimately, the report lists seven recommendations, which we’ll paraphrase below:
The county should pay to upgrade the Accela system so applicants can complete the application, including payment, online, thereby reducing the need for them to physically come into the Planning and Building office.
The county should pay to improve Accela so that employees in Planning and Building can complete more tasks, including reviews, calculations, permitting and reporting.
The county should pay to “fully implement Accela to a level which enables Public Works to meet its specific needs.” (This one is a bit redundant, perhaps.)
In the county’s Citizen Access Portal, the Planning and Building Department should give the public specific instructions on how to search a location without creating an account in Accela or contacting the Planning and Building staff.
When the Planning and Building Department gets notified that a state provisional license has been approved or denied, staff should immediately act on the corresponding interim cannabis permits.
For applications pending more than 30 days, the Planning and Building Department should notify applicants what they need to do for approval.
Before the end of the year, Public Works employees need to conduct actual verification that a roadway meets Category 4 requirements.”


#californiacannabis – “Dicus’ deputies stopped Empyreal’s vans on three occasions in November, December, and January, making off with a total of $1.1 million. The joint statement avers that the deputies “are not highway robbers as previously reported in the media.” But that remains a fair characterization, since the businesses whose proceeds the deputies stole and Empyreal itself were operating in compliance with state law.
Money earned by state-licensed marijuana businesses is not subject to forfeiture under California law. Dicus therefore transferred the loot to the FBI, seeking federal “adoption” of the seizures, which would have allowed his department to claim up to 80 percent of the money under the Justice Department’s “equitable sharing” program. That adoption fell through once the department agreed to give the money back.”