SANTA CRUZ — At first glance, it looked like an ordinary gardening workshop. On a table at the front of the room sat soil additives, humidity detectors and an oyster mushroom the size of a grapefruit. “This is a younger shiitake mycelium,” said instructor Will Goss, passing around a bag of wood chips covered in thin white filaments. He then described how to grow the rootlike mycelium from spores and coax it into producing mushrooms. All of the people who attended the workshop were provided with their own grow kits, but they were told they needed to find their own spores. That’s because they weren’t learning how to grow shiitakes. They were finding out how to cultivate psychedelic mushrooms — illegal to possess under state and federal laws. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.
A Healdsburg man was sentenced on Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to 25 years to life without parole for a marijuana-related murder in 2018, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office said. Socorro Sierra, 35, was convicted in November of the murder of Jose Evelio Martinez, 46, of Cloverdale in June 2018. Sierra and Martinez entered into a marijuana deal that quickly became combative, the District Attorney’s Office said. When Martinez, a middleman in the deal, wanted to get out of the deal Sierra became resentful and pressured Martinez for money. Sierra and two other men drove Martinez to a remote bridge in The Geysers area of Sonoma County on June 30, 2018. Sierra shot Martinez in the head and buried his body on his marijuana grow near Healdsburg.