The emerald triangles indoor growing scene just got a little more costly. It looks like the Arcata City Council is studying a ballot initiative that would allow PG&E to tax residential high-electricity users at a disproportionate rate.
As the medical marijuana community continues to grow in Arcata Ca., so does the pressure to cultivate weed. In an attempt to insure that those who choose to use their homes as grow operation, do not sign up for the “CARE” program, the city has a plan to hit them in their pocket books. For those that don’t know, the CARE program was designed by PG&E and the state of California to help out the under privileged and poor by providing cheaper power at an affordable rate.
The suggestion is a punitive and narrow minded reaction to a growing problem. Marijuana cultivation rooms tend to suck up a massive amount of electricity and frequently this is achieved on other ratepayers’ nickel. As many home grown medical marijuana farmers face steep power bills every month, are generally ill or infirmed and are not interested in their pot being called income. They often hide their assets from PG&E so that they can qualify for the CARE program. In recent studies, PG&E found that in 2011 over 70% of those growing their marijuana medicine inside were enrolled in the CARE program.
Depending on how one uses their homes power, there are vast differences between the average homes consumption of electricity, some homes have been discovered to be using more than 10 times the typical monthly amount of the normal Humboldt home.
PG&E wants to add a 15-cent tax for each kilowatt hr… that’s 300% above PG&E’s standard use rate and could generate somewhere around $2 Million for Arcata.
If one is to believe the assumption put forth by PG&E, by charging the city of Arcata $500,000 to $800,000 the city would cover the introduction of this intrusive software who’s only design intent is to trace your power usage and report it back to PG&E.
My… what a wonderful Orwellian nightmare !