Press release from California Cannabis Voice Humboldt:
California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH) announced the
immediate hiring of political consultant and community organizer, Richard
Marks, as it becomes clear state Senate Bill 1262 will not protect the rural
cannabis community. CCVH is a newly formed political action committee dedicated
to the preservation of the cannabis cultivation community and patient access to
medical cannabis statewide.
Marks’ job is to organize legitimate cannabis growers in
Humboldt County into a powerful unified voice and create sustainable and fair
cultivation regulations. Marks understands the current positive financial
impact of the industry on the County and the potential devastating effects bad
regulations will mean to the future.
“We will give the growers comfort through a public
process to arrive at sensible regulatory reform embracing environmental
sustainability and providing relief from indiscriminate enforcement actions.”
Marks said. “I’m excited for the prospect of legitimizing growers in Humboldt
Marks is a lifetime organizer. He currently serves as the
Humboldt Domestic Violence Services treasurer, the Mad River Softball
Association president, and the North Coast Rail Authority director. He is
president of the Humboldt Bay Recreation and Conservation District Board of
Commissioners and the former director of the Samoa Peninsula Fire District. He
spent 28 years as a heavy equipment operator for a local pulp mill where he was
president of the Local 49 union representing workers, and he was a successful
union organizer for the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers.
As a political consultant, Marks successfully consulted
the successful campaigns of four district supervisors, including most recently
Virginia Bass’s campaign for 4th District Supervisor. Marks also consulted
several local city council and school board candidates.
Marks is a lifelong resident of the North Coast, has been
married for over 35 years to his wife Robin, and has two adult sons.