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Humboldt County

Humboldt County is located on the far North Coast of California, northwards of San Francisco. The county’s population was estimated at just over 134,600 in the 2010 census. The seat of the county is Eureka, which is also the most populous community.

Humboldt County

Humboldt County Marijuana Policies

Like most counties in California, Humboldt County is governed by the standard law that limits possession to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud. However, the county is also subject to a local law that further defines the legally allowable possession to three pounds of bud or equivalent. The law also stipulates a 100-square-feet limit on the canopy of the growing area, although there is no limit to the number of plants grown or the lighting to be used.

Caregivers of patients approved for medical marijuana use are also subject to limitations with regard to the possession amount depending on the number of patients in his or her care.

The previous laws limited the number of plants to 99, within a canopy no larger than 100 square feet. Growers were also previously limited to 3 pounds of bud and 1500 watts of illumination.

Legal Restrictions

Humboldt County residents are also subject to the California law that stipulates a maximum possession of 28.5 grams of marijuana, which is considered only a civil infraction with an associated $100 fine. In excess of this amount however, the offender is liable for a six-month jail term and a $500 fine.

As a California county, Humboldt County is also subject to state laws that forbid the cultivation, processing, and sale of marijuana in any amount. The exceptions to these laws are patients approved for medical marijuana use by a physician, and the caregivers of such patients.  Even so, these individuals are subject to the laws regarding possession and cultivation as outlined above.


See nearby counties: Trinity, Mendocino, Del Norte

One comment

  1. Humboldt has a reputation to uphold. They should legalize the growing of up to 100 lbs so farmers can make a living. The county Should test lbs for THC, and no pesticides or mold. This typically costs $100 at a lab, or is done for free at some of the larger dispenceries. Humboldt County could charge the $100/lb, and then affix a creative tax stamp to the product guaranteeing it is genuine Humboldt. You guys should be ahead of the recreational use law going into effect. Protect your farmers, and work force that does the trimming. Beat Mendacino.

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