Humboldt Throws a Lifeline to Cannabis Cultivators. Is it Enough?

Humboldt County officials have approved a $2 million grant program to help struggling cannabis growers in the region. However, the Humboldt County Growers Alliance says more is needed to address the “crisis” that plummeting wholesale prices pose for independent farmers.

“Unless we want an extinction event, which means losing our legacy farmers, it is imperative for the county to maximize funding allocations directly into the hands of our farmers,” the association’s executive director Natalynne DeLapp told the Times-Standard.

The Trellis Program will distribute $10,000 in grants “per service” for each of the applicants that qualify. According to DeLapp, the majority of legacy farms — around 700 — wouldn’t qualify today.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 1 to the county’s Office of Economic Development.