Sonoma County Officials Troubled by Marijuana Lawlessness

Some officials in Sonoma County say they’re disturbed by an uptick in violent crime associated with the state’s highly profitable — and now legal — marijuana industry.

The culprits appear to be thieves and bandits from the East Coast who are making the trek out west to cash in on California’s bountiful green. As CalMarijuanaPolicy noted last month, many of them have been relying on bad intelligence, invading homes in Petaluma and elsewhere where little to no cannabis is to be found.

“Marijuana is so valuable men are willing to kill for it,” said Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar.

“Bodies have piled up,” added Sergeant Spencer Crum of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.

While legalization was supposed to put an end to the lawlessness, cannabis-related crime has persisted. Linegard said its fueled by ongoing prohibition in other states. The only way to stop it, he added, is by “ending the federal prohibition and resolving the banking issue." 

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