In mid-April, 2017, I entertained the idea of relocating from serene Humboldt County to Los Angeles to immerse myself in the world of compliance documentation for cannabis businesses. As much as I loved the redwood forests and easy visits to the cold Pacific Ocean, I ultimately decided to move 13 hours south.
My time in the heart of Northern California’s pot production province was an educational weigh station on my quest to gather as much knowledge and insight into the emerging cannabis industry as possible.
Reflecting on Humboldt County
For more than five generations, disenfranchised Americans have been seeking refuge in the hills and mountains of Northern California. Concentrated in the counties loosely defined as the “Emerald Triangle,” they do more than grow a bunch of weed.
Most have eschewed the values and rules of mainstream society to live off the grid. Many generate their own electricity from local streams and rivers and grow their own food. According to some sources, this part of the nation is home to more hard core homesteaders than any other in North America.
When I first moved to Humboldt County in the summer of 2016, I made no predictions regarding the term of my stay—either to myself or others. Given the surreal nature of the county and the horrid weather that year, it was a helpful psychological coping mechanism to consider myself “on assignment.”
My time in Humboldt was characterized by months of bone-chilling rain that resulted in my bicycle going unused and becoming perpetually anchored in my bedroom. But let’s focus on the positive: Peppered into this adventure were some really cool photo shoots on the beach for trendy Emerald Magazine.
I encountered some intelligent and enlightened subject matter experts, a slower pace of life than I anticipated (or desired, quite honestly), regional organic craft beer (!), and a dreamy brunette. I apologize for complaining about the rain; my time in Humboldt wasn’t all overcast skies.
Compliance Docs for Legal Cannabis
My reason for landing in Humboldt was to take advantage of compliance documentation opportunities with clients based in the Emerald Triangle. After helping a local client write the narratives for more than 100 of these permit applications to the County, I began branching out to assist legal cannabis businesses with strategizing and developing similar documentation in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Los Angeles Will Be Pivotal
The passage of California’s Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) in November 2016 finally brought the most populous state in the nation into rank with existing bastions of adult use legalization—including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. (At 40 million inhabitants, California exceeds Canada’s population by five million).
As such, California’s largest population center, Los Angeles, will be the genesis of much industry activity and regulatory influence. This will inevitably include significant innovation in products, marketing, branding, and distribution.
Special thanks to the guys at 420 Radio in Canada for having me as a guest on a recent podcast. I appreciate their kind support and twisted senses of humor. Just don’t ask the name of the dog….
All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003-2018 Gooey Rabinski. All Rights Reserved.
Gooey Rabinski is a technical writer, photographer, and compliance documentation specialist for cannabis businesses who has contributed feature articles to magazines and media outlets such as High Times, CannaBiz Journal, MERRY JANE, Emerald Magazine, Grow Magazine, Herb.co, The Kind, Skunk, Cannabis Culture, Whaxy, Heads, Weed World, Green Flower Media, Cannabis Health Journal, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself.
He is the author of Understanding Medical Marijuana, available on Amazon Kindle.