Warnings of high nitrate levels associated with surrounding dairy ranches have prompted many to drink, cook and even bathe with bottled water. The State Water Resources Control Board issued a warning last month that pregnant women and infants younger than 6 months should not consume the well water. Additionally, the warning cautioned against boiling, freezing or filtering the water.
That could soon change. Officials in the town of about 125 people near the Sonoma Coast hope to complete a multiyear effort this fall to pipe in clean water from a new well. ... See MoreSee Less
As counties throughout California begin taxing marijuana farmers and businesses, the question before both local and state regulators is what role the federal banking restrictions and marijuana prohibition will play in their ability to collect those taxes.
Banks are reticent to open accounts for marijuana businesses because of fears of a federal crackdown, so most cannabis business transactions — from payroll to tax payments — are done in cash.
Humboldt County implemented a local tax on commercial marijuana cultivation at the start of this year after being passed by voters in November. But a question was raised at the county Board of Supervisors about whether the county would be laundering money by depositing these cash tax revenues into its bank account. ... See MoreSee Less