Stanislaus Authorities Decry Scourge of Illegal Weed

Over a 12-month period that ended last summer, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies destroyed 68,100 illegal marijuana plants and 6,300 pounds of processed weed. That’s according to a report the Department provided to county supervisors last week.

Four years after California legalized cannabis, illegal operations are the No. 1 complaint the Department receives, said Sheriff Jeff Dirkse. They invite environmental degradation and violent crime. Three homicides in 2018 were tied to marijuana grows, he said.

Stanislaus County has a conservative allowance strategy that permits 61 total Commercial Cannabis Business Licenses and a cap of 7 total retail businesses. “The intent of the Board approved conservative allowance is to provide a revenue source to fund the County’s enforcement strategy to remove the numerous illegal cannabis activities in our community. Revenue collected from the legal, permitted cannabis business activities will support this enforcement strategy,” according to the county’s website.

There have been 39 permits for commercial cannabis operations issued in the past three years, according to the Modesto Bee. There have been 26 permits issued to 16 businesses actively engaged in cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and retail sales of cannabis products in unincorporated Stanislaus. Meanwhile, the estimated number of illegal grows dwarfs that at 1,100 to 1,500.



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