Cannabis Control office to open in Times-Standard building as soon as April 2

Office will be housed in Times-Standard building

Contruction is nearly complete on the Bureau of Cannabis Control office set to open soon on the first floor of the Times-Standard building on Sixth Street in Eureka. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)

The Eureka Bureau of Cannabis Control office is “estimated to open April 2,” the state said this week, “pending current construction that is in process.”

Since July 2018, a Eureka office has been open at the Humboldt County Courthouse. That is set to be bolstered by an office in the Times-Standard building at 930 Sixth St.

“Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Public Health, (and) Water Resources Control Board are scheduled to move into the 930 Sixth Street location on April 2, 2019, pending the ongoing construction,” said Michael Liang with the state’s Department of General Services.

Hours for the new office are “still being determined,” according to Alex Traverso, a spokesperson for the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

The state said this will allow the office to expand services offered in the Emerald Triangle.

“The opening of this office allows us the opportunity to provide greater service and resources to our applicants and licensees in the North Coast region,” agency chief Lori Ajax said of the new office in an email to the Times-Standard.

For much of the past year work on the first floor of the Times-Standard building has been ongoing to prepare for the state office to be complete.

“Preliminary cost estimates were over $100 per square foot, incorporating many new security measures for the office,” Liang said in an email. “We have not completed construction so the final cost is still not known.”

The new office will allow cannabis industry individuals to apply for licenses, pay their fees and ask questions of staff in person, according to Traverso.

The Carrington Group owns the building but declined to comment for this story, deferring to the state, which is renting out the first-floor space.

Times-Standard publisher John Richmond said he was pleased to welcome new neighbors, and added the office will be of benefit to the community at large.

“One of newspaper’s greatest responsibilities to its readers is reporting on industry in the community,” Richmond said. “Being in such close proximity to a hub of one of our most influential and controversial industries enables us to increase the quality of our reporting and our relationship to this important segment of Humboldt.”

For more information about the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, go to

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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