Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | October 28, 2013

10/28/13 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews JoAnn Schuch And Lynne Canning, Producers And Directors Of The Documentary “Tricky Bidness”

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Lynne Canning served as Planning Commissioner and City Councilor of Arcata from 1988-1994.  JoAnn Schuch has lived in Arcata since 1989 and has worked as a custom woodworker and designer.  Both women are very attached to the city of Arcata and share a vision of maintaining the wonderful qualities of this unique town. The film “Tricky Bidness” was inspired by their commitment to illustrate Arcata’s community spirit and demonstrate it’s innovative approach to dealing with complex issues growing out of the unexpected consequences of the marijuana industry.

In 1996 Californians voted in favor of Proposition 215, The Compassionate Use Act, which “legalized” medical marijuana.  However, the Federal government continued to prohibit marijuana, and its drug war policies attempted to eradicate outdoor growing operations leading many marijuana growers to set up indoor farms in residential homes, many in Arcata.

JoAnn and Lynne interviewed many community members of Humboldt County who speak thoughtfully and candidly about the benefits of the marijuana industry to the local economy and the unforeseen consequences that have led to the destruction of values of balance, community spirit and ecology for greed, conflict, crime and the destruction of houses from mold and fires due to bad wiring. Additionally the conflict between state’s right and Federal prohibitions have left Arcata and other communities in California in a legal gray zone.

The film “Tricky Bidness” largely focuses on the explosion of indoor growing operations in the City of Arcata and highlights city officials’ innovative approach to regulating grow houses by using zoning, planning and building codes and a high energy use tax.

By combining thoughtful and interesting interviews with people involved directly or indirectly with this lucrative, underground enterprise with candid, even surprising footage, JoAnn and Lynne have created a documentary that will update the viewer on the complexities of this unregulated industry and go beyond the question of whether it should be legalized but how best to legalize it.

For more information about this film or how you can view it, go to

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