Humboldt County Cannabis Cultivation Tax Surety Bond (Marijuana Tax Bond ~ Humboldt County)

Bond Penalty: County Tax Collector Rate of $1 to $3 per sq. ft. based on cultivation class

A Humboldt County Commercial Cannabis Tax Surety Bond is "currently" one of the requirements imposed on cultivators and possibly landowners that allow marijuana production on their properties. We state, "currently" because in February of 2021, a superior court judge ruled that the county likely overstepped its authority in approving the tax regime as is. "A landowner leasing their property to another for the purpose of cultivation cannot be said to be actively engaged in cultivation absent further involvement," Superior Court Judge Neel ruled. Ordinance 2654 has not necessarily been stricken in its entirety however the final tax structure is in flux.

Pursuant to county rules, allowing legal marijuana cultivation, processing and distribution in the county, the following commercial cannabis activities are contemplated.

  • Small Cultivation.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Personal Use Cultivation.
  • Outdoor Cultivation.
  • Dispensaries.
  • Commercial MEDICAL Marijuana Operations.
  • Cannabis Transporter (contemplated in the Code).

The Humboldt County cannabis bond is a compliance guarantee but the goal of the ordinance is obviously to collect tax revenues. The language binding surety to the financial guarantee is, "secure timley payment of annual taxes imposed bv Chapter 9 of Division 1, of Title VII." Currently the cannabis tax bond must guarantee the following; $1 per square foot of outdoor cultivation area, $2 per square foot of mixed-light cultivation area or $3 per square foot of indoor cultivation area.

In addition to compliance with the California cannabis bond statutes, an applicant must file a Trinity County commercial cannabis cultivation tax bond in the amount equal to fifty cents ($0.50) per square foot of cumulative land under cultivation but not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000). The surety bond must run to the County of Trinity. The surety's obligation is to guarantee an operator's compliance with Trinity County Ordinance 3157, the "Commercial Cannabis Taxation Rule", and must remain in effect with the Treasurer-Tax Collector for the duration of the license. There are MANY license requirements with which a candidate must comply which include site plan preparation and approval, watershed/environmental protection measures, energy use considerations and more. We recommend a full review of those requirements on the County's website.

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