Yay! Firefox fixed

Seven or eight years ago I added an ad blocker to Firefox, my web browser. Now, some sites, mainly newspapers, detected my blocker and stopped me from reading their product. But they obviously felt their ads were more important than their content.

Last week Mozilla.org changed their code which destroyed optional add-ons, including my ad blocker. So I’ve had to endure ads for a week now. Wow, I didn’t know how pervasive those things were on the internet. Some sites are almost unusable with boxes of crap covering up the actual content; the worse is auto-start videos.

Firefox is fixed now, and now I can actually see what is being published.

Back in Chimacum

I’ll be here for a while, like until September.

Oregon Pot

Oregon grows too much pot, and that means low prices. How low? You regularly see $3 grams advertised, and $50 ounces, sometimes less. A joint can be had for $2.50. But that’s for folk on a budget. To get a better quality, $6 grams and $25 eighths are more like it. Contrast to CA with around $14 grams and $40 eighths (don’t be surprised to see $60 eighths). Washington is in the middle somewhere, Nevada is more like CA.

Oregon chose a free market model for regulating cannabis. They hand out licenses to anyone who qualifies, no matter what the market situation. A bill was introduced to allow the regulatory agency to stop with the license thing when supply went crazy, but it was defeated the other day. So Oregon will continue to issue licenses to grow.

This year along the Oregon Coast, hwy 101, nearly every town no matter how small has at least one pot shop, some have 5 or 6. I’m not sure how these places stay in business with so much competition and low prices.

We’ll see how their approach works…

Tillamook

I’ve been here a few days waiting for the next break in the rain, and tomorrow looks like I can move up to Seaside. And, there might be some dry days on the way. It’s been six weeks since I hit the Pacific coast, and I saw about 5 dry days total.

That means a lot of hours stuck indoors reading books and playing video games.

Yesterday, I hit the end of Zelda:Breath of the Wild. I started it around October first, and now am looking at the grand finale. I likely won’t complete it as the endings of these games are quite tedious and time-consuming, and after six months and solving thousands of puzzles, I need a break. Besides, my experience with Zelda is that even when I exert max effort and rescue her from the evil monster, she doesn’t appreciate it anyway.

BOTW is certainly one of the most competent, complex, engaging, and visually attractive games out there now. I’ve spent many hours just exploring the landscape which can be astoundingly beautiful. And I never got tired of the soundtrack. Great game.

Newport, OR

There was a weather break today, so up the road I went to Newport, one of my favorite Oregon Coast places. I stay at the Marina and RV park which is super nice, with a view of the bridge, and when the weather cooperates, some great beaches within a short distance.

Atmospheric River

That’s a relatively new term to describe the weather I’ve been living with for weeks now. It means a lot of rain, and high winds on the NW coast. Today it rained over 2 inches. Yesterday winds were around 55 mph. That’s what I’ve seen almost every day lately.

In Bandon for a bit until a break occurs.

California blew it on pot

When CA wrote it’s enabling legislation and regulatory rules after passing Prop 64 enabling a legal regulated cannabis market, it looked pretty good. Sure, it was heavy in red-tape and annoying fees, but this is California. And, coming in late to the game, they had the benefit of experiences from other states which had to be retrofitted in those states. I was optimistic that they’d come up with a bunch of great ideas.

But just days before the legislation was passed, a clause to protect and encourage small illegal growers to jump on the legal program was eliminated. Most states recognized that the best strategy for bringing up a new regulated market was to make it easy to “capture” the small grower operating “up in the hills”. Instead, CA just kept going with the rule-making minutia that added complexity and expenses which strongly (deliberately?) favored those with money and busloads of attorneys. Two years later, they might have captured 1% of the renegade growers in the state. 99% of the illegal growers have yet to get a license pay any fees or submit any taxes to the state.

As I wrote the other day, the mess that is temporary licenses is getting worse by the day as those licenses expire. Without a valid state license you are prohibited from operating at all. In the Emerald Triangle it’s seed planting time, and they grow the bulk of the state’s crop, in addition to the seed stock for next year.

Meanwhile, the governor has thrown $10 million dollars at law enforcement to go after the illegal growers, and Los Angeles has put emphasis on shutting down the operators there without allocating resources to implement their license system.

Even San Francisco has installed an uninformed political appointee in charge of their program. SF needs a bureaucrat to sell pot?

Mostly, the growers and sellers are ignoring all of this and continuing on as they have been, being quite used to such bullshit. There are those that are trying to play the game, though. The few that have opened stores have very thin inventory of legal weed. One store in Humboldt County did not offer any product from the region, instead relying on factory-grown machine processed product grown in Desert Hot Springs.

So for those very few putting up with the double-dealing and capricious red tape, business is very confusing. Yet those that are willing to take the risks are continuing on illegally as before.

Yesterday the Assembly passed SB67 to extend the expire dates of the temporary licenses. That’s a good thing, sorta, but no one can say California has implemented a “well-regulated legal marketplace” in cannabis.

Bandon, Oregon

There’s been a lot of rain lately, and I don’t see a sun break in the forecast for quite some time. In the meantime, I’ll be doing a lot of sitting until favorable travel conditions appear. I’ll be several days in Bandon exploring the area.

Crescent City, CA

One of my favorite places to park is the City-owned Shoreline RV in Crescent City. On the bay, next to a river, across a channel from the lighthouse, next to the marina, seals barking on the wharfs.

Nice day for travel through the redwoods, but the rain will return tonight for a few days.

Rain or not, it’s a quick 15 mile drive to Brookings, OR to get gas and no sales tax. I think I’m done paying CA prices for gas…

Crescent is in Del Norte County directly north of Humboldt, and south of Curry County, OR, the most productive cannabis counties in the nation. But Del Norte is a “dry” county, not allowing any legal licensed cannabis places. They don’t get any of the marijuana tax money because they are happy with a 100% black market.

California Cannabis

California’s legal marijuana regulations are a mess. That’s the opinion of everybody involved, not just my idea.

When the rules went into effect January 2018, temporary licenses were issued because the rules were still in work. This was risky for license-holders, but this type of thing has happened elsewhere and the impact was minimal. Trouble is, there was a deadline date for the temporary status, and when it expired in June, the response was to issue “provisional” licenses while more rules were written. The deadline for provisionals came and so they went back to temporaries. Those currently holding licenses are now facing the deadline for those, and it’s illegal to do this again without the legislature passing a new law allowing the extension.

SB67 is currently stuck in Appropriations as the end of the session approaches.

Each time one of these phony arrangements happened, the bureaucrats had to re-issue licenses, really gumming up the works for new licenses as old licenses had to be redone.

Meanwhile, at the local level, some jurisdictions were inventing their own rules and getting geared up to issue their own permits. That process was made a tad bit easier by an exemption granted to locales to bypass CEQA rules (CA Environmental Quality Agency) and procedures. That saved a ton of money and time for licensees. But, that exemption expires shortly, which means licensees might have to file Environmental Impact Statements.

I’ve been in Mendocino and Humboldt counties lately, the most productive cannabis producing regions in the world. In Humboldt there are an estimated 6000 growers, about 100 have been licensed. It’s similar in Mendo. Meanwhile there are 600 retail stores licensed in CA, slightly more than Washington, much less than Colorado or Oregon. Two-thirds of the state has enacted bans or moratoriums on the businesses, meaning it’s rare to find a [legal] retail outlet anywhere but in the large cities.

Five years ago the wholesale price for CA-grown weed was about $2500 a pound, much more when it was exported to other states. Once sold, the money returned to places like Ukiah and Eureka and went into vehicles, farm and ranch supplies, and other consumer items which generated sales tax revenue. In Eureka right now, those sales tax revenues are down 25% and the city leaders are looking at budget cuts. It’s partly that the [illegal] export market is down as other states legalize, but the wholesale price is currently $500 a pound, and dropping fast.

Regulation compliance costs are growing fast, the licensing process is bogged down in useless red tape, anticipated tax revenue is way below expectations, and the market itself is crashing as other states grow more than they need. Retail prices, if you can find a store, are ridiculously high.

I’ve asserted this before: If you want to engage in the legal marijuana thing in California you’ll need an unlimited supply of money and an army of lawyers. And hope like hell that some East-coast sucker wants to buy you out.