Arcata criminal pot growing activity

What started in the late 1996 as a movement for "compassionate use" of marijuana for medicinal purposes has, in recent years, turned into a full-blown gold rush in Northern California.

Proposition 215 was intended to decriminalize the use and production of cannabis for patients who have few other options for treatment of their conditions. It was intended to be used by cancer patients who are nauseated as a result of chemotherapy, glaucoma sufferers, and people suffering from chronic pain due to disease, injury, or surgery.

Twelve years later Californians are starting to notice major problems associated with the lack of regulation and legal procedures for dealing with criminal marijuana gardens that have popped up in literally every neighborhood of cities like Arcata, Eureka, Willits, and Santa Rosa. It is safe to say that the majority of currently operating grow houses are run by individuals who's Prop 215 recommendations would not hold up in court.

Yesterday the L.A. Times printed an article about the many problems that illegal grow houses are causing in Arcata, California. They point to a particularly unfortunate incident in which a very messy and unprofessional, but large, marijuana grow operating in a rental home caused a fire that nearly destroyed the property, all the while the land owner had been fooled into thinking a nice law-abiding family was renting the place. The article covers many related problems in Arcata ranging from the criminal element of growers selling their medicine on the black market for profit to home invasion robberies and artificial housing demand caused by pot growing conspirators renting up all available properties for their criminal pursuits.

arcata thc dispensary

The L.A. Times article also mentions The Humboldt Cooperative, the dispensary in that old used car lot on I Street next door to Humboldt Hydroponics. It bills them as a nonprofit that is doing some sort of good for the compassionate use movement, but to anyone who has ever witnessed the comings and goings at the facility, it looks like little more than a pot store. Dreadlocked hippies and scummy looking 20-somethings are frequently lined up out the door waiting to buy their eighths, few of them looking like they have legitimate need for compassionate use. Park near the business for 20 minutes during the day and you are bound to see a carload of college-aged kids pull up, one of them get out and go inside the dispensary, then come running back with a smile on his face and a paper bag in his hand. Buying a sack of weed has never been so easy!

Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle joined the fun, printing a front-page story about Mendocino County's Measure B, which aims to "weed out pot profiteers". Good luck: Mendocino is largely considered to be the marijuana capital of the planet, producing so many billions of dollars worth of the crop each year that there is likely not a single county resident who is not connected with the marijuana trade in some way or another. One resident says "it smells like pot everywhere. It just reeks."

One thing is for sure: Californians are starting to realize that Proposition 215 has been taken advantage of by many criminal growers. People are moving to Humboldt and Mendocino Counties from far and wide to cash in on the gold rush, and the affects are starting to show up in all areas of our communities. Housing is feeling the crunch, enough that families can hardly afford to rent a home in the Eureka/Arcata area, and this has caused city school enrollment to decline so much that 72 Eureka teachers are being laid off before the 2008-2009 school year begins.

criminal pot growers like to drive expensive trucks in Humboldt County

Drive around Eureka and Arcata for a day and you will see the problems on nearly every corner. Blacked out windows on homes and apartments, total lack of children playing in the neighborhoods, obvious criminal activity in many parts of town, and hippies lined up out the door of Arcata's THC dispensary. Also note the number of 20-somethings driving jacked up, chromed out $40,000 pickup trucks without a spot of dirt on them. If the truck doesn't look like its driver is a working man, chances are very high that he's a pot grower. Shiny tool box in the bed but no tools? Ten inch suspension lift, chrome rims, but no lumber rack? We are betting it's a black market grower or his girlfriend.

There are 20 hydroponics supply stores between Eureka and Arcata, and fewer than 50,000 residents. That's more than one hydroponics store for every 2500 residents. The gold rush is on, but it won't be long before honest citizens get fed up enough to put an end to the criminal marijuana scene happening all across Norther California. What do you think?

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Why is it ok for big pharma to profit?

By Docid, on Jun 1, 2008 - 10:39
Why is it ok for big pharma to profit massively from selling their poisons, and yet its considered criminal for a natural medicine provider to cover their costs and living expenses? this kind of double standard is not only an affront to the free market, but an affront to freedom itself.. of course, i, like the vast majority of sane Americans, believe that cannabis should be fully legalized, and unlike some, i believe it should not be regulated, if you tax it heavily you still have a black market, and have the unscrupulous profiteering from it. what are people afraid of? Why does cannabis fear resound so widely in our laws, do you really believe that its a fear of health consequences? or is it something deeper, something more sinister.. maybe those that fear it have fallen victim to the propaganda from all sides that seek to keep this natural product criminalized due to its social impact, they fear a substance that encourages thinking outside the box, communication, new ideas. Or possibly it is the other uses of this miracle plant, nutritional supplements, fiber for fabric that doesnt encourage rampant consumerism due to rapid breakdown, or .. well..have you looked at the prices on the gas pumps lately, thats quite a bit of money to be threatening with a virtually unlimited easily grown resource that could provide fuel..

By getaclue, on Jun 1, 2008 - 10:54
Docid is right...Big Pharma is the main reason pot is illegal. They can't patent it and can't control its production, so they have successfully lobbied to keep it illegal.

Nothing short of a clear repudiation by all the states in the union of this arbitrary arbitrage on this natural remedy and resource will stop it.

The "free market" is a myth and only really free to those megacorps that run it.

not exactly

By anon, on Jun 1, 2008 - 11:59
Sure, "Big Pharma" comes with their own problems, but they aren't running families out of homes in rural California and attracting violent criminals to otherwise safe neighborhoods in Eureka.

If you want to profit from pot, do it legally and sell your medicine to a respository. If you do not have a legitimate medical condition, then you can't legally grow weed. It is NOT ok that 70 Eureka teachers are out their jobs due to black market pot growers taking over our housing.

By afraid of fire, on Jun 1, 2008 - 12:08
haha docid "what are people afraid of?"

We're afraid of the idiot grower next door burning the neighborhood to the ground with his unsupervised 12000 Watt marijuana garden!

We're afraid of home invasion robberies in our neighborhoods where we are trying to raise children and provide safety for our families!

We're afraid that our children will have to cram into a classroom with 60 other kids and not get the attention they deserve in their education.

We're afraid that the very values this nation is supposed to be founded on are being eroded with each grower who moves here to contribute to a black market that does not give anything whatsoever back to the community.

We're afraid that we'll lose our jobs, miss out on our kids' education, see decreased property values in our cities, and run into gun toting burglars at any given time in our neighborhoods.

We're afraid that if growers continue to rent multiple houses for their "business" then we won't be able to afford to live here anymore.

Get the picture?

Looks can be deceiving

By Jeff Krol, on Jun 1, 2008 - 12:21
You can't always tell someone with a chronic illness just by looking at them. I have a severe condition called Crohn's disease. I am frequently in large amounts of pain, nausea and loss of appetite. However, I look just like everyone else. Be careful, misinformation can cheapen your arguments.

By anonrmis, on Jun 1, 2008 - 12:21
docid, if you had a job or a family perhaps you would understand the concerns of honest hard working community members.

By anonnymouse, on Jun 1, 2008 - 14:59
Maybe it's a case of mistaken cause and effect. The growers are simply the ones who can still afford to pay the sub prime mortgages on those homes, while the normal people are getting boned. That would explain the shift in demographic equally well.

By dan, on Jun 3, 2008 - 23:01
Did anyone else realize that eureka has a meth problem and its probably the worse place in the county to raise a child. Possibly thats a reason for the low enrollment. and the argument that pot people drive the prices of homes down is wrong, if that were true arcata and southern humboldt wouldnt be some of the most expencive places to live.

to afraid of fire

By Docid, on Jun 4, 2008 - 0:41
yes, all these ills are caused by the laws against cannabis, if it were legal you wouldn't have any more to fear from a marijuana farmer then you would from your neighbors tomato patch, the same restrictions that keep your neighbor from putting in a 12000watt hydroponic vegetable garden would apply to ganja growers, legal substances don't have the black market markup..

Sure, maybe some wine growers have the occasional break in, but its not epidemic, the only reason that crime surrounds cannabis culture is the existence of unreasonable laws against it. the harm is not in the plant, its in the laws.

By Tim, on Jun 4, 2008 - 11:50
If cannabis were legalized the neighborhood grow operations would disappear and they would move to a regulated section of the community. 100 million in state tax revenue is good for the community. It takes the revenue and disperses it to governmental systems that can help the community.

By Thomas Paine Jr., on Jun 6, 2008 - 10:30
"It is safe to say that the majority of currently operating grow houses are run by individuals who's Prop 215 recommendations would not hold up in court."

It is Illegal for the police, the DA, or the judge to ask you what your illness is. This is covered in People V Spark, it is also covered federally in the ADA.

Physicians are the gatekeepers
Appellate court in People v. Spark overturns conviction after finding that the Compassionate Use Act does not require a finding of "serious illness" for affirmative defense under Prop 215, California's Compassionate Use Act.

Note: The portion of this ruling that was published and citable deals with not second-guessing the doctor and not having to prove the defendant was "seriously ill". The portion that was not certified for publication is regarding whether or not there was substantial evidence supporting the conviction. People v. Spark is good law in California.

215 grower

By qwerty, on Jun 6, 2008 - 15:23
Whoever said that cannabis is ruining Eureka is an idiot. The prices for homes in Eureka is the lowest in the county. Why is that? Meth, and all the SCARY tweakers that live there.

Fact is that maybe 100x more cannabis is grown in Arcata, where the prices of homes is considerably more then 6 miles south.

About giving back; every single grower would love to be able to pay taxes. The government won't allow it.

There is one fact here that no one is looking at; we are doing everything legally. Yes, some practice poor ethics, but that is true for every legal market. I sense jealousy more then anything else.

Why aren't there children playing in Arcata's streets? ITS A SMALL COLLEGE TOWN. Exactly half of the population is college students, fact is that it should be higher. Get the hell out of my city!

Most of all, respect your fellow law abiding citizens. We are all Californians first, and if not, go to Oklahoma. They hate civil liberties there too.

I have my rights.

seeing the bigger picture

By vix, on Jun 11, 2008 - 14:41
I understand that seeing the bigger picture is difficult for a lot of people..just think about it! So is it okay that pharmeceutical companies totally rape and pillage our bodies with their addictive, poisonous drugs that give us more diseases and keep us down in society. These people are profitting billions. Who cares about some pot growers, get a clue and look at the bigger picture. What should we be fighting for here? Jealous that someone is making more money than you? Tough..that's America for you! Let's fight drug companies are polluting corporations first heh? Or are we to afraid?

By Humboldtgrow, on Jun 20, 2008 - 13:31
Come on, do you really think that the recent housing boom is the fault of marijuana growers? It seems obvious to me that the jump in real estate prices were caused by a mix of realtors, mortgage brokers and greedy baby-boomers who want to jack up the price of their homes so they can retire comfortably. Residential growing is a big problem for communities in Humboldt and Mendocino, but it is outrageous to blame real estate fluctuuations on marijuana growin. Growing pot is the only way a lot of home buyers have been able to keep up with market trends that affect the entire state.


i, like the vast majority of sane Americans, believe that cannabis should be fully legalized, AGREE and unlike some, i believe it should not be regulated, AGREE if you tax it heavily you still have a black market, and have the unscrupulous profiteering from it. AGREE.

WAKE UP. if it was totally legal for every american to grow their own marijuana, up to 20 plants, (i oppose any limit) that would eliminate the market PERIOD. ALL the problems discussed here and THE FEAR OF GOOD AMERICANS is from the growing/selling of pot. IF THERE IS NO SELLING, there are no problems...even BREWERS would fight it since it would lessen beer sales. IT"S ALL POLIITICAL. fight teen alcohol use that kills thousands a year....don't go after tobacco...FOOLISH your teens from deadly depressants, and let folks grow there own...and kids under 18 if found with it and be "sentenced" to drug education with NO RECORD. it's NOT a gateway drug, unless you make it illegal so the PUSHER SELLS YOU WHATEVER HE HAS....great job america..keep killing your kids!!! vote, vote, talk, educate, THEN VOTE AGAIN!!!! get it right for future generations.

voting doesn't work

By anon, on Jul 18, 2008 - 15:42
Voting in this country is mostly a waste of time. srsly we didn't even elect our current president but he's the prez anyway!


By musicmomma, on Aug 16, 2008 - 20:52
That's ridiculous. Arcata is full of college students. If you were wondering where all the kids that should be running around the streets (and honestly I like to keep mine in the lawn instead of the street...safer) you should have made the trip into McKinleyville where the majority of the actual families with little kids live.

restricted legalization is just that

By CooWool, on Dec 24, 2008 - 22:40
I am form the mid-Atlantic, yet I have recently bought land in the Mendocino area to build my family home. I am a MMJ patient, and intend to grow my own. What I have left over, I'm sure I'll sell to the repository. I do agree that the black market sales negatively influence communities, and as a parent, I would like more restrictions on these practices. Compassionate Use Act does need work, but it beats the epileptic fits I had before compassionate use allowed me to try cannabis.

By whtever, on Jan 24, 2009 - 10:14
there's only one thing i can say and that's, old people have old views, think what you will, spit what you will, old people have old view's. Look at the table cloth, why was it invented, hahahh. See? these view carry with them still today. views that get passed down from gen. to gen., If you want change, home's where you start. Young America has a long time to wait before change will occur, think of it like society evolution, mass change in belief over time, and once all the old people, there kids, and there kids kids go, and so on until we find our proper footing, young america will fail to find any resolution to this kind of conflict, lol. If you want change, you make change. It's that simple. We have to first come to terms as a natin that it's something we want, and as long as old people and their views live on, change wont happen, simple. So go on, take it to court, fight for what you will, I know you old bastards will, but as I've said before, until old views are gone and a chance to set new ones occur, I don't see stuff like this ever being legal. Money is just a misleading fact you see, always is lol. Big Pharm sells poisons because we ask for them. We do nothing to improve upon them so we get what we ask for, cheap fixes. it has very little to do with money when you look at it this way, change starts with each one of us making a choice that we feel is right, and it's just not gonna happen for a long time, as long as old views persist, carried on through people like military families,racists, old dark bred views from a very ignorant and very young nation, that began in bloodshed, and remains in it still. it's like neglecting a baby at birth, the effects don't show up for a while but they will, and it takes hard work and a lot of determination to fix what that neglect has done to this now adult. Young America we were that neglected baby and until we stand and fix ourselves as one, good luck trying to fix anything, your a neglected baby, who was raised on certain beliefs that you've now come to bank on yourselves. If we decide to throw them down and try to fix our problems just some stupid high kid writing a slew of words right? whatever...

Go Grow!!!

By Storm Allen, on Feb 9, 2009 - 12:21
If marijuana was just legalized the price of marijuana would go down because everyone would grow it. people would havbe to grow more to make money... it would make more jobs that would be good for the ecenomic crisis. there would be farmers and salesmen and the consumers. i think it should be legalized...

Gigiddy goo

By Davis wdhs, on Feb 10, 2009 - 6:27

Where the love ????

By Garrett Barry, on Feb 11, 2009 - 6:37
If everybody smoked weed and said goosfraba everybody would love eachother more. i love everybody but my sister... GOOSFRABA!!!!

you should not be a writer

By unprofessional, on Mar 1, 2009 - 20:51
Ok here is my short and sweet...I watched my mother die of cancer and the only reprieve that she found was in pot because we could not afford the 100's of $$ worth of prescription medication that really had worse side effects then what it was supposed to help with. That being said you sir are a bigot...A close minded, judge a book by its cover fear-mongering person. My best friend has HIV and also used meds. He looks like a normal 20's somethin guy, a little irreverent and rough but a great human being just delt a bad hand in life. America needs to stop catering to the few like yourself who profiteer on literary terrorism. It is only a mater of time before people like yourself are out of a job anyways. Have you read a newspaper lately...exactly... they are all bankrupt...and you sir will be a downing voice on a true media source! America needs to wake up and not let the few dictate how we all live because something makes them hoo...move...Mendocino is known for its marijuana cultivation so don't move there and start to complain about it...America prides itself on innovation...70 yeas ago you couldn't drink either...people said alcohol was of the Devil and would be the end of society...I am a doctor now and couldn't do my job without some sort of alcohol derivative. And dont get me started on nuclear energy...I understand your concern but saying marijuana is causing people to drive around in big tricked out mac trucks is moronic. Go check out the south side of Chicago, no legal marijuana there lots of dark windows, no kids, and gang banger trucks. Also about your little blurb on the whole shady side of the business. Well, as a writer I hope you would do a little more research. Firstly, it is still illegal and classified as a class 1 drug by the standards of the US gov put in place by that oh so great president Nixon with the DEA despite hard scientific proof to the contrary. This in tern subjects any operating entity subject to federal raids and impoundment of property...SO yea most buisiness owners wont lease to a meds shop due to the possible reprocussions. Just like saying marijuana is the #1 drug that people go to drug counciling for...really faced with prision or a 1 hour a week sit in by a judge which one are you going to take...My advice quit living a lie...quit pretending and ignoring the your eyes and make a positive win win difference..why not be more proactive and help everyone your mind and heart to the facts and quit buying into the lobbiest mentality that is crippling this beautiful country. Just want to end on some facts...marijuana's #1 adversary and largest anti marijuana propoganda financial contributer is Anheiser Bush....despite medical evidence and reports put forth by a team of scientists Nixon himself put together he still disreguarded the evidence and established it as a class 1 drug...over 50% of all people in european and anmerican countries have tried marijuana...and finally a 5000 year old mummy was discovered with marijuana seeds and leaf entombed with evidence that marijuana might be one of the oldest medicines on the planet

By DICK DURBAN, on Mar 16, 2009 - 17:06
I dont think i am going to be belligerent and dont give a FUCK thats alcohol....come on weed am i going to infringe on some ones rights no i am going to be a easy going respecatable relaxed a Bar to a amsterdamn coffe shop, plus i work harder when i am high

Wow. What ignorance you have.

By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~, on Jul 7, 2009 - 8:50
It is very revealing that you talk about medical marijuana patients "looking scummy" and "having dreadlocks" and "not looking as if they need medical marijuana."

News flash: They get to look however they want.

News flash: You can't perform medical diagnoses from a distance, based on whether or not someone has goddamned dreadlocks.

News flash: You are a judgmental, obnoxious, prejudiced, moron.

all you should listen to yourselves

By smoker, on Oct 28, 2009 - 18:22
hahahaha you know you should all go back and just read what you wrote...its if weed was legal you wouldn't be arguing on the computer with each other, i like to state the obvious...but it neeeded to be done...

By Brian, on Jan 14, 2010 - 22:26
If tobacco and alcohol are legal, but marijuana is not
Who the he'll is in charge of the laws, don't they notice the numbers of death from al. And tob. Use


By Ababy, on Mar 17, 2010 - 10:04
in think evryone should smoke weed its good for you


By miss savi babieee!!!!, on Mar 17, 2010 - 10:06
LALALALALALALAL HA HAHAHAHAHAHAH wat no!! (: love angel!!!(ababy)

Why not?

By Weedsmoker, on Oct 22, 2010 - 20:41
Why shouldn't they legalize it? It's more of a cash crop than tobacco and it's better for you legalize pot how many countries have it legalized and look at how well their economy is doing and their health rates are it's not addictive and it treats a lot of diseases and disorders they should legalize hemp completely I'm completely for it

By Luke, on Nov 4, 2010 - 16:35
Big Pharma is the leading crusader FOR the legalization of marijuana. That way they can test it, synthesize its over 400 psychoactive components, and produce new powerful, non opioid pain killers.

By Greenbomb101, on Nov 11, 2010 - 17:49
So decriminalize marijuana, make it legal as alcohol, dump the crap from the lawbooks and then this won't be a "victimless crime" you have to worry your little head over. It will be legal, bankrupt California might save some money, hell it might start to MAKE some money, and we'll all be happy.

Problem solved.


By hangawkaka, on Dec 30, 2010 - 15:46

By smotpoker, on Mar 1, 2011 - 18:47
weed mannn

By ha, on Apr 15, 2011 - 11:21
All the things he said don't even make sense. Apparently having a fancy truck means your a pot grower. lol dumbass wrote this article.

weed 420 high

By cassandra clare, on May 18, 2011 - 15:27
this country (usa) is probably the biggest hipacritical counrty this world has cause for one ... research weed and george washington . washington used weed for his head aches and he grew himself , so this is just so stupid that hemp isn't legal . i'm a writer and my books sell great ... and how many actors and singers do you all know that its in thier lyrics or in there act of marijuana so yea im a hippie

By BigD10.., on Sep 13, 2011 - 19:34
I think its great..What do you want them to do..turn to crime.. Wheres the jobs anywhere U.S. Duhhhh


By youo123, on Oct 22, 2011 - 21:41
i think it should be legalized because no one who gets stoned goes out into a car and kills someone when hav u eva heard tha on the news but u hear it all the time wth tha drink think abar it its safe natural and less people die infact does more damage to the body the worst thing weed does is make u go to sleep and have a decent kip init

By Rachel, on Jun 2, 2012 - 10:16
If you want to be part of the cannabis industry, you have 2 choices - grow your own, or invest in a company that produces and distributes hydroponic equipment. Terra Tech Corp has just gone public and is going to steam onto wallstreet with all the big investors looking to get in on the medical cannabis industry. Now's the chance, don't move too late

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