The Board of Supervisors in August unanimously placed Measure S, a local commercial marijuana cultivation measure, on the November ballot.
If enacted, Measure S will help maintain fiscal stability and essential services, including public safety, cleaning up after environmentally damaging illegal marijuana farms, and mental health services for children and families.
Illegal marijuana farms continue to damage our environment and risk public health. They divert and dry up sensitive creeks and streams and use toxic pesticides that harm wildlife and water. Measure S will help enforce laws that require marijuana growers protect our county’s natural areas and water quality.
As you may know, hard drugs and narcotics like meth and heroin continue to be a growing problem in our county. Measure S would provide additional funds to fight drug-related crimes, eliminate drug labs, and provide drug prevention, rehabilitation and mental health services for children and families.
Amid millions in state takeaways that will only increase – over $325 million in the past 24 years from Humboldt County – Measure S would provide locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the state and will require, as is our tradition, strict fiscal accountability including annual independent audits and public review of expenditures.
We will continue to keep the community informed about Measure S, which will appear on the local November 8 ballot. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.