The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC) will convene this week to discuss wacky weed and a proposed ordinance for regulating outdoor medical marijuana grows.
The McKMAC meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Azalea Conference Center, 2275 Central Avenue. If you plan to attend and have never been to the Azalea Conference Center, don’t look for a building that looks like a conference center, because you won’t find one. Instead, near the rear of the McKinleyville Middle School campus you’ll find what looks like a classroom with tables and chairs. That’s the so-called conference center. But, hey, it’s nice and clean and the acoustics are pretty good, so why complain about the name?
The first order of business is for the McKMAC to review and approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Those minutes are kept my McKMAC secretary Tim Hooven, who spends the meetings pecking away on some sort of electronic device, It was previously reported that Hooven was using an iPad, but this reporter was wrong. It’s some other kind of tablet device.
The McKMAC will then take public comments. Anyone can speak out on just about anything, as long as it has to do with McKinleyville and the McKMAC.
After that it will be time for the McKMAC to learn about the county’s proposed ordinance for regulating the outdoor growing of medical marijuana. A good portion of Humboldt County residents have a chronic illness which requires regular dosages of THC to keep them well. For some reason they never recover from their ailments, so the treatments must continue day after day as they giggle and wolf down bags of Cheetos and wait for a permanent cure.
In McKinleyville, most of the medicine is grown in garages and bedrooms filled with metal halide or high pressure sodium grow lights. The grow houses stretch from one end of town to the other, in both the low-rent and high-rent Mack Town neighborhoods. If you want to know where they are, use your nose.
There are not a lot of outdoor grows in McKinleyville, but there are a few here and there. Those growers who want to follow the law, and who grow outside, could be impacted by the proposed ordinance.
County representatives will be on hand at the McKMAC meeting to explain the ordinance, growing requirements, plant counts and enforcement options. The McKMAC will have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed ordinance.
The public also has an opportunity to give input. If you can’t attend the meeting, or would rather just write a letter, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.