Since August of 2017, Humboldt County Code Enforcement, which is now part of the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department, has sent out about 250 Notices to Abate a Nuisance (NTA). In a phone interview late on Friday the 13th of July, Humboldt County Planning and Building Department Director John Ford explained that the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has given him direction to “focus [Code Enforcement] on unpermitted cannabis cultivation.” Ford described the purpose in two parts: protecting the environment and providing a fair business environment for those cultivators who have gone through the process of becoming permitted. Ford says unpermitted cultivation now carries a minimum penalty of $10,000 a day after 10 days.  Ford says these large fines will drive unpermitted growers out of business.  When asked if it might simply drive cultivation back underground, Ford said, “People are going to do what they are going to do, but the heart of this is to bring cannabis into the light.” He continued saying, it’s an “effort to allow legal cultivators freedom from competition with illegal growers ….to protect them ….provide them with a level playing field.”  He explained, “...