Northern California County Limits Commercial Water Transport To Combat Illicit MJ Cultivation

In #California, #elected officials of a #Northern county restrict the #transport of #water trucks, in an effort to mitigate large-scale illegal #cannabis #farming and combat the region’s worsening drought. Under an urgency ordinance and corresponding resolution passed by the #Siskiyou County Board of #Supervisors earlier this month, #trucks carrying more than 100 #gallons of water are prohibited from driving on specific roads in the unincorporated areas of Big #Springs and Butte #Valley, where #commercial #marijuana #cultivation has been banned since #2019. Violators of the policy will face a 100 dollar fine and possible impounding of their truck. Farmers engaged in #agricultural activity outside of cannabis operations will be able to apply for exemptions to the new rule. According to supervisor Ed #Valenzuela, while the penalty may be small, it represents a start in cracking down on the illicit #marijuana grow-ops that have proliferated through the county over the past several years. In fact, the recent execution of 5 search warrants in Siskiyou and Solano counties led authorities to discover 79,000 illegal cannabis plants worth 120 #million #dollars, as well as nearly 180 #pounds of processed marijuana, 14 weapons, and 312,000 dollars in #cash. The ordinance could further help to combat Northern California’s intensifying drought, as #2020 reports estimate at least 3 million gallons a day may be used during growing season to #irrigate the illegal farms. A public hearing to gather additional feedback on the matter is scheduled for #June 1st.

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