Mendocino County Code Enforcement Reports on Allegedly Illegal Cannabis Growth, Including the Use of Heavy Fines to Obtain Compliance

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As of May 2021, Mendocino County Code Enforcement has started posting short lists of those cited for non-compliance with cannabis cultivation laws and we are hosting this list for our readers.

Below is the information from the Mendocino County Code Enforcement Division:

Intervention date : 06/21/21 – 06/25/21

Location: Several locations

Information:

During the fourth week of June 2021, the Mendocino County Code Enforcement Division conducted investigations into unauthorized commercial cultivation of cannabis in the locations listed below.

The code enforcement investigation confirmed that commercial cannabis cultivation takes place in unauthorized structures, without a county cultivation permit or state cultivation license. The responsible parties have voluntarily reduced the cultivated cannabis plants, thus avoiding the associated sanctions.

06/21/21 – Block 2600 of Center Valley Road in Willits – 345 cannabis plants cut down.

06/23/21 – Block 12000 from Tomki Road to Redwood Valley – 129 cannabis plants cut down.

Code Enforcement intends to take additional measures as necessary to ensure compliance with unauthorized structures.

(UPDATE) During the third week of June 2021, the Mendocino County Code Enforcement Division conducted an investigation into the unauthorized commercial cultivation of cannabis in the 3500 block of Laytonville Dos Rios Road.

The code enforcement investigation confirmed that commercial cannabis cultivation takes place in unauthorized structures without a county cultivation permit or state cultivation license. The responsible party refused to reduce the 450 cultivated cannabis plants and the enforcement of the Code subsequently issued administrative citations with the following penalties:

1.) $ 520 per day for unauthorized structures used for commercial cannabis cultivation.

2.) $ 1,000 per day for violating the Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance.

3.) $ 90,000 (450 plants x $ 200 per plant) Once penalty for unauthorized commercial cultivation of cannabis.

As of 23/06/21, the responsible party has voluntarily reduced the 450 cannabis plants. During the investigation, an additional 1,371 commercially unauthorized cultivated cannabis plants were discovered and intentionally reduced on 6/24/21.

Code Enforcement intends to take additional measures as necessary to ensure compliance with unauthorized structures.

The Code Enforcement Division receives all complaints related to cannabis and general code violations in unincorporated areas of the county. Complaints can be made in person at our offices or by visiting our website at: https: //www.mendocinocounty.org / government / planning-building-services / code-forced execution to file a complaint online. Cannabis-specific complaints can also be made by calling the Cannabis Complaints Hotline at: (844) 421-WEED (9333).

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