Jodrey first came to the Northcoast in the military and worked on the Mendocino Lighthouse before it was moved to its present location at Shelter Cove. That’s when he fell in love with Humboldt County and he has chosen to make this his home, although there is no mistaking that New England accent.
Jodrey has a degree in agriculture and went to college to learn how to grow cannabis more effectively. He was the director of the Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata for four years, which is the oldest marijuana dispensary in California. He said it dominated the state for two years in a row and offered a place to learn for volunteers and interns.
Jodrey said currently 22 states have marijuana programs in place, including Colorado and Washington where it is fully legal to grow. He said the majority of people using cannabis in a medical fashion were not users before. These “patients” are using cannabis mostly for its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. More and more labs are available for testing the different strains and quality of the product and the various uses are expanding rapidly.
Jodrey said cultivation has opened up a lot of doors for him and he publicly states that he is a cultivator of cannabis. He explained that cannabis works as a secondary boost to your immune system. When you heat cannabis you turn it into a psychoactive. People originally ate it like any other vegetable until someone probably dropped it into a campfire and realized there was a different result.
Marijuana is currently the largest agricultural industry in the world. Jodrey says he wants to convince the non-cannabis public that it is beneficial for a wide variety of uses.
Everyone has to agree that Humboldt County has benefited from the marijuana industry for years. Jodrey said we need to address the needs of our individual communities and he does that by providing information to local growers. He said the real grower is a professional cultivator for their entire life.
When speaking about Garberville Grass, Jodrey said, “Our location causes no concerns for feds or the state. Nobody really knows what to do with this industry because it is so volatile right now. I want to share as much information and help as many people as possible.”
He continued, “I’m not a doctor and I don’t claim to be one, but it’s incredible to help people. I’ve spoken in front of hundreds of people, but this is the kind of group I want to speak to. There is no stability in the industry because they want us that way.”
Jodrey said Garberville Grass has an open-door policy and welcomed people to come in any time and talk with the staff there. “I am here to answer your questions and help you any way I can,” he said.
He said, “I am a professional cultivator and encourage organic growing. I can’t sell you product without a 215 or the correct paperwork. But I want people to know that there are ways to use the product in a non-psychoactive manner for those who don’t want to get high.”
When asked what he sees in the future for marijuana growing he said that in 2014 in Canada it will be illegal to grow it, but you will be able to purchase it. This will be a lot like the sale of liquor with approximately 20 commercial producers throughout the country. He says that’s what he sees for the future of marijuana in the United States as well. He said we are a commercially based society and the large corporations will eventually take control of this very lucrative industry.
Jodrey said, “I see the cutting out of all small producers.”
Kevin Jodrey from Garberville Grass spoke to the Rotary Club last week in Redway.