Friday, November 17, 2017

[Audio] Real scratch and sniff cannabis ads possibly first of their kind; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:57): Of course real scratch and sniff cannabis ads would likely originate in Humboldt County. With legal recreational marijuana sales in California coming in a little over a month it’s just a blueberry whiff of some of the innovation we’ll see in this brave new world.

“We kinda rolled the dice on this one,” said Humboldt Seed Company founder Nat Pennington, whose company put out the ads. “Not anybody ever having done it, not knowing what the microencapsulation process would do to the scent, but I’ll tell you when the magazine finally arrived and we scratched and sniffed for the first time, we were blown away.”

Humboldt Seed Company aims to provide high quality seeds to patients in California wishing to grow their own medicine in accordance with state law. They’ve been crowned in the North Coast Journal’s Best of Humboldt cannabis seeds category a couple times.

In the podcast, Pennington discusses how they came up with the scratch and sniff idea, how they prevented the inclusion of psychoactive elements in the ads, how an organization in Britain was conversely using scratch and sniff cannabis cards (probably without real terpenes) as a law enforcement tool, and perceptions of cannabis in the “brave new world.”

The story begins at 9:57.

Also covered

A date is set to determine if our Public Defender boss meets the requirements for his job, a caped cartoon squirrel with a hypodermic needle has a local organization facing criticism, more reports of negligent bullets whizzing around, that fake tale of men in SWAT gear robbing people at a national park, results of the opioid town hall, a date is set to determine if HSU football will be iced, ice skating, a reporter helps solidify an arson conviction, and other top stories from last week.

Humboldt Seed Company's ad in the Humboldt Cannabis Magazine

Saturday, November 11, 2017

[Audio] Congressman not sure if God exists, reactions to rare announcement; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

Episode partners: Mazzotti’s / Primal Decor / Hawktail in Ferndale Nov. 15 / Bongo Boy Studio
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (8:14): The Congressman that represents us at the federal level made national headlines because he decided to publicly say he’s not sure if there’s a God. The Washington Post found experts on religious identity in Congress saying Jared Huffman is only the second member in contemporary records to go on record saying his ethical system is not based on God.

The 53-year old who grew up in a religious home and has repped the North Coast since 2013 says he is a Humanist; He thinks people have a responsibility to be good but he isn’t so sure about the supernatural stuff. “I'm not pushing my views on anyone and I'm not judging anyone else's religious choice,” reads the start of his statement. “I value my working relationships and friendships with people of faith, the interfaith community, spiritual seekers and all sorts of secular, non-religious people. I think we should all work together to make the world a better place…”

In the podcast a local pastor and two local politicians share different perspectives. Matt Messner, a Senior Pastor at the Faith Center in Eureka, shares a diplomatic response. Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn leans on the skeptical side. And Arcata City Council Member and Vice Mayor Sofia Pereira voices her support.

Also included are statistics on belief in God, stats on non-theist views in politics, local reactions on social media, and more.

The story begins at 8:14.

Do you think our politicians need to believe in God in order to be effective? Poll below.

Also covered

Those “killer” robbers in SWAT-style gear, potentially sick sea lions, NFL-bound HSU student Alex Cappa is smart, a defendant turns on another in the Manila murder case, statue perspective, fresh-cut karma for local thieves, and other top stories from last week.

Jared Huffman, public domain photo


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

[Audio] Public Defender boss facing lawsuit over qualifications; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com.

Episode partners: John Craigie in Ferndale Nov. 8 / Bongo Boy Studio
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (7:25): Facing a bit of opposition since he was appointed back in February, an ongoing lawsuit still makes it unclear if Humboldt County’s Public Defender is eligible to have his job. While the Board of Supervisors has stood behind their decision to hire David Marcus, he has faced criticism over how he was hired, the aforementioned lawsuit, 17 of his own employees alleging he is unqualified, and even an alleged verbal assault on one of his employees.

“I think it’s a difficult situation for him to come into,” said North Coast Journal Editor Thadeus Greenson. “... Nobody wants to step into a job where people are skeptical of you before you walk in the door. But what I’ve heard from employees of the office that has been frustrating to them, is they feel like he hasn’t addressed it head on, that he has been strolling along as if this issue doesn’t exist…”

In the podcast Greenson is interviewed about his coverage so far.

There is an upcoming hearing on Nov. 13 regarding the lawsuit Marcus faces. Most of the focus has been to determine if Marcus was a practicing attorney in all the courts of California for at least a year before being hired, a reported requirement for his post.

Marcus did not respond to an interview request.

The coverage begins at 7:25 in the audio.

Also covered

A missing 14 year old [UPDATE: Found], the Sheriff visits HACHR, big changes for pediatrics, President Trump nominated a Humboldt native for U.S. Attorney, an arts and crafts bar opening soon, crime updates, a clown, that teenage beer brouhaha, and other top stories from last week.

David Marcus. Photo by Mark McKenna, used with permission from the North Coast Journal