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Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Humboldt's Identity Crises

April 21, 2018
The only reason Humboldt County is on anyone's cultural map is because a few hippies planted some cannabis seeds here in the 1970's. The Founders brought the seeds back from Afghanistan, planted the seeds, and nurtured the seeds into Humboldt cannabis, creating a legend. Their culture of denying modern society's routines and customs enabled the Founders to focus on a plant. Their livelihood was tied directly to their ability to produce a quality product. On this level, the Founders were no different than Steve Jobs, but very different than say a politician or civil servant. 

Now, we embark on a new journey of cannabis commercialization, which should ultimately be a net positive for our community. The damage the black market has wreaked on Humboldt is expansive and a subject for another day.

It is time to discuss the Founder's path to the white market. The gatekeepers to the white market are the civil servants and politicians, who tend to socialize with other civil servants and politicians, and not hippies from the 70's. Multiple times a week people come through my office and express a belief Humboldt is based on cronyism and not meritocracy. This belief unfortunately is accurate. Our politicians need a system of cronyism to remain employed. 

The problem with cronyism is it punishes cultural diversity. Those who benefit in a such a system are people who are culturally similar to the politicians. I refuse to support conduct which impairs cultural diversity because it makes our community monolithic with fragility being the byproduct. Monolithic cultures always end in a disaster fueled by group think, as evidenced by the collapse of many societies



On the path to the white market the Founders are led by Ed Denson and Robert Sutherland. Ed Denson spent decades protecting folks from prison sentences becoming a master criminal lawyer. But this industry is moving into the civil arena, and the need to redress civil grievances is ripe. The Founders now have my assistance in guaranteeing their voice will continue to be heard.

My adoration of the healing properties of cannabis is no secret. Anyone who defames the name of this plant through greed, cronyism, or environmental harm is my adversary


The Problem with Easy Money

March 31, 2018
Humboldt has a new industry of consultants and professionals soliciting the cannabis industry. When talking to most of these folks they throw out the term "easy money" as their motivation.  Easy profit is their end game.  

Profits are made quarterly but reputations are formed over years.  The seduction of easy money causes professionals to chase a dollar instead of developing a long term strategy for their clients and themselves. Manhard Consulting is a good example

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Congress passes the Cloud Act clouded in secrecy

March 28, 2018
The DOJ has not been able to reach data from US citizens stored in foreign servers. Microsoft stores data from US clients including emails offshore in places like Ireland. Microsoft is before the Supreme Court challenging the DOJ's right to access the data stored on foreign servers. With the passage of the Cloud Act last night this case will likely be dismissed as moot. 

Privacy right's groups are saying the Cloud Act will expose US citizens to privacy breaches, since emails can be handed over...
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The First Amendment is still First

March 24, 2018
The expansion of the First Amendment over the past decade has eclipsed all the other fundamental rights. Only one Court can universally expand the boundaries of the First Amendment, which is the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is hearing argument on Nation Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.  The case involves a California law requiring religious based pregnancy centers to display notices for access to state funded abortions. The centers argue the law infringes on their right o...
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Do you have a conflict with conflict?

March 22, 2018

"A soul is forged in the fires of adversity, not comfort" - Jana Oliver

I've been a lawyer for 13 years and it took me 10 years to stop avoiding conflict.  My fear of conflict was not the result of making others angry. I feared conflict because it exposed my own inner demons. 

When attempting to obtain a goal through conflict, your weakness are exposed to yourself, and potentially your adversary.  Your adversary will attempt to exploit weaknesses which acts as a mirror to your objective self. E...
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Has the Court-Clog Crises Been Solved?

March 17, 2018
Last week, Humboldt Superior Court opened the jury assembly room to conduct a civil jury trial. Previously, the Court blamed the court-clog problem on not having enough rooms. The Court informed media outlets last year that it was desperately seeking more room to conduct civil trials. The lack of a venue to resolve civil disputes has caused a dramatic spike in crime, which is profitable to many including the Court. 

The Court recently agreed to use the jury assembly room as a courtroom as a fa...
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Humboldt Bleeds for lack of Civil Litigation

March 2, 2018
When folks can't resolve a dispute civilly they resort to theft, battery, and murder.  There is a direct correlation between Humboldt's clogged court system, and the dystopia we call home. Crime is big business in Humboldt and there has been a decade long battle between those who want crime rates to increase, and those who understand how to fix the problem.  Media outlets love crime because it generates revenue so the public is perpetually distracted or asleep.  Aside from a few gems, local m...
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The Humboldt Echo

February 25, 2018
The political environment of rural communities creates an unusual effect. Keeping secrets in small communities is maybe impossible. In order for a politician to generate excitement at the local level this means having at least a handful of passionate supporters. At the local level, passionate supporters tend to be personality driven as opposed to cause driven, perhaps due to a mistaken belief all important issues are of national concern. The masses get excited about gun control, or immigratio...
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Green Road Consulting One Stop Shop of Horrors?

February 22, 2018
A consultant hired to assist with cannabis projects should follow the law. 

Green Road Consulting is a civil engineer firm based in Humboldt who has experienced a drop in new customers since no one is filing new applications at the moment. 

Instead of addressing the needs of current clients, Green Road is illegally marketing legal services.  

The unauthorized practice of law is a misdemeanor in California.  A civil engineer firm has no expertise in entity formation.  The transition between a non...
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California Growers Association Sues the State

February 8, 2018
The California Growers Association has sued the State of California claiming the State has violated proposition 64 by not capping license numbers yet.  I find this suit humorous. First, the allegations are a mere 7 pages without much substance. Maybe an intern was paid a gram or two to draft this complaint in a Sacramento dorm room?  

The lawsuit seeks an order limiting licenses based on language in 64, the recreational proposition. If a judge agrees and only imposes a limit on recreational li...
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Humboldt Behind the Fog

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