Mendocino strikes deal with feds over marijuana records; Humboldt officials watching closely as local ordinance takes shape

Tiffany Revelle – Ukiah Daily Journal and Grant Scott-Goforth Times-Standard
Mendocino County officials have struck an agreement with the federal government to release records the county keeps under its medical marijuana ordinance, but will not release the names of the people who applied for permits under the ordinance, the Mendocino County board of supervisors announced Tuesday. The move could influence the development of Humboldt County’s own outdoor medical marijuana ordinance, which has been taking shape through public meetings held throughout the county.
The Mendocino County board of supervisors announced after meeting for less than half an hour behind closed doors at its regularly scheduled meeting that it had reached the agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office.
A federal grand jury had subpoenaed the records Oct. 23, asking for “any and all records” – including financial records – for the county’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present.
”The Mendocino County board of supervisors and the United States attorney’s office for the northern district of California have reached an agreement on the nature and scope of documents to be provided to the federal grand jury, pursuant to the subpoenas of October 23, 2012,” according to the statement county counsel Tom Parker issued after the Tuesday meeting.
“The information to be provided will not include personal identifying information involving individuals. This consensus is reflective of the law enforcement needs of the United States attorney’s office, as well as reflecting the public policy goals of the Mendocino County board of supervisors,” according to the statement.
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