The following is a letter-to-the-editor from attorney Larry Rosen, which was also sent to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors:
Dear Mendocino County Board of Supervisors:
I sent email to the County last week asking about the status of our cannabis cultivation permit. There is still no answer! This confirms reports I hear regularly from my friends and neighbors that County staff are, to say it politely, not being helpful. Stated less politely, we are getting a run-around.
County staff say that we can't get our cannabis permit until state agencies will give us a license. State agencies says we can't get our cannabis license until the local government issues us a permit. What should we crazy people do first? Our legislators are dealing separately with the state's procedural deficiencies, but we need the County to do its job.
I am reminded of the famous satirical novel, Catch 22. In the book, Catch-22 is a military rule typifying bureaucratic reasoning. The rule is: If one is crazy, one does not have to fly missions; and one must be crazy to fly. But one has to apply to be excused and applying demonstrates that one is not crazy. As a result, one must continue flying, either not applying to be excused, or applying and being refused. As characters in the novel say: "Agents enforcing Catch-22 need not prove that Catch-22 actually contains whatever provision the accused violator is accused of violating." Another character explains: "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing." The hero of that novel ends up in what is referred to (now inappropriately) as an "insane asylum".
I feel like I am there now for our cannabis cultivation.
Why do you keep us waiting? The County has already reassured itself, through its inspection and through voluminous forms filed with you, that our cannabis cultivation site:
- Has been inspected by Mendocino County to ensure that cultivation is compliant with all requirements of the local cannabis code and regulations. Site is within local zoning and site restrictions. The cultivation site is fenced and secured with locked gates. There are security cameras for 24-hour monitoring of the site.
- Complies with Mendocino County agricultural ordinances for farming and for cultivating cannabis.
- Complies with Mendocino County building codes and ordinances, and all construction is under Mendocino County permits.
- Complies with Mendocino County environmental codes and ordinances, and cultivation of cannabis at that site will not adversely impact the environment of the site nor impact water supplies or disposal.
- Has been registered with the Mendocino County tax department.
Meanwhile, at Board of Supervisors meetings, the County CEO ironically complains that taxation revenues from legal cannabis are far below your projections. Duh!
The Board of Supervisors is responsible to fix this. We elected you to prevent such situations and to make the County staff do their jobs.
Give us our Mendocino County cannabis cultivation permit!
The preceding was a letter submitted to The Mendocino Voice, published here as opinion. The views stated in this letter are those of the writer alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Mendocino Voice. This being a letter-to-the-editor, its content has not been fact-checked independently by the Voice, nor has it been copy-edited — all punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc. is preserved from the original letter.