Humboldt County Offers Support Program for Cannabis

High Times

Humboldt County is taking a bold step and offering support to cannabis growers.  Bedeviled by the ever-falling price of cannabis, growers in Humboldt County, California have been offered a lifeline by local officials. On Monday, the county opened up the application period for “Project Trellis,” a support program to provide a boost to local cannabis growers. The program draws upon the California Cannabis Equity Act, which was signed in to law in 2018 and sought to redress the harmful legacy of pot prohibition by “[ensuring] that persons most harmed by cannabis criminalization and poverty be offered assistance to enter the multibillion dollar cannabis industry as entrepreneurs or as employees with high-quality, well-paying jobs.” This year, those eligible to participate in Project Trellis can reportedly apply for up to $10,000 “per service,” with more than $2 million overall in available grants through the program. The deadline to submit applications is September 17.  That grant money is arriving at a critical time for Humboldt County farmers.  Humboldt County Gets Rescued Natalynne DeLapp, the executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, told the Times-Standard newspaper that the county’s ““independent cannabis farmers are in crisis.” “It is great that the county developed Project Trellis…and (has) secured nearly $5 million in funding from the state to support communities most impacted by the War on Drugs in entering the regulated cannabis market, but now it is time to get serious,” she told the newspaper.   “Perhaps 200 of Humboldt County’s 900-plus cultivation operators, who can prove the War on Drugs has negatively impacted them, could receive up to $10,000 in fee waivers for professional services like fee waivers, technical assistance or installing solar or water storage systems. The wholesale price of cannabis has dropped below the cost of production,” DeLapp added. She continued, “Unless we want…

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