The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will decide next month whether to revoke an operational permit for a Myrtletown medical marijuana dispensary.
The Humboldt County Collective is in danger of losing its permit after the county planning commission voted 6-1 in June, with Commissioner Mel Kreb dissenting, in favor of the revocation. Commissioners found there were a number of deficiencies in the collective's annual monitoring report, which details how and if the business is complying with its county-issued permit.
Humboldt County Planner Steve Lazar said county staff recommended the conditional use permit -- issued Aug. 5, 2010 -- be revoked as a result of the monitoring report.
”The report didn't demonstrate they were doing what they said they were going to do,” Lazar said.
He said the issue will likely go before the supervisors on Oct. 9.
New Humboldt County Collective owner JoAnn Hammans, who took over in May, said she's aware that several of the permit's requirements weren't met by the previous owner. She said she's willing to meet those requirements, if the supervisors allow her to stay in business.
”I've provided paperwork for the financial reports, and so forth,” Hammans said.
Commissioners and staff are concerned because the collective has failed to increase the width of the southernmost driveway on Myrtle Avenue to allow for two exit lanes and one entrance lane to the business. In addition, the collective was unable to provide financial information in June documenting its operation as a nonprofit organization. Both are stipulated as requirements for permit compliance.
Alleged criminal activities by the collective's former president Bill Byron, who was arrested April 5 in Pennsylvania on suspicion of marijuana trafficking, conspiracy and related offenses, is also of concern to the county. Byron's arrest came one day after California Department of Justice agents served warrants at the Myrtletown collective, which closed down for about a month. Byron allegedly shipped a package of marijuana to a false name at a home he was staying at in Pennsylvania.
Hammans said the driveway to the business is scheduled to be widened, but that it doesn't make any sense to spend money on the construction work if the collective is just going to be shut down.
”I've scheduled the widening for the driveway, but several other business owners in this center weren't happy with it,” Hammans said.
At this point, she said things are really up in the air. She said she's concerned that closing the collective will send people to the streets for marijuana.
”There's such a need for people to be able to come and purchase their medicine,” Hammans said.
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