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Los Angeles County introduces law to mandate $30,000 per day for illegal cannabis operations

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Los Angeles County has long been home to illegal cannabis attempts, and now the Board of Supervisors has approved the introduction of an ordinance that could charge illegal cannabis operations tens of thousands of dollars a day.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors They voted unanimously employment Tuesday To enter a decree to start Illegal cannabis business fined. Any farms or dispensaries operating without a permit in unincorporated areas of the county could soon collect $30,000 a day. although Submission approvedThe decree still needs to be voted on by the council for formal adoption.

The formal proposal text describes an “anti-nuisance law” that can be approved at a future meeting. “The illegal commercial activities of cannabis, including the illegal cultivation of cannabis, are incredibly profitable, and in particular, the cultivation of cannabis has continued to spread due to the ease of breeding it in remote and rural areas,” read the movement. “Therefore, the penalties in the draft decree should be amended, consistent with state law, and these penalties increased to ensure that they act as a deterrent to the continuation of illegal cannabis business operations.”

The proposal was written by moderators Kathryn Barger and Sheila Coyle. “Provincial law currently prohibits all commercial cannabis activities within unincorporated areas of the county, including the establishment, maintenance and operation of any cannabis business, and the rental, leasing or permission to use property for this purpose in all areas,” motion states. “However, the county continues to be overwhelmed by disallowed cannabis dispensaries in non-incorporated areas. Despite the efforts of many county departments, the growth of disallowed cannabis dispensaries continues to outpace law enforcement.”

Barger made the proposal in the hope that it could help eradicate illegal cannabis operations, noting that water supplies containing chemicals pose a threat to public safety, among other concerns. She says that while the county’s work against illegal cannabis is consistent, the lack of “Legally enforceable options“It puts efforts at a disadvantage.

In a press release, Barger summarized how these illegal cannabis businesses are harming the county. “Unlicensed commercial cannabis cultivation is profitable and has thrived in the rural Antelope Valley region due to the ease of standby operations. Communities in the desert continue to report widespread illegal cannabis cultivation accompanied by water theft, trespassing, litter and the use of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, which It puts the health and safety of the population at risk.”

Supervisor Sheila Coyle agreed that something had to be done. “California voters have endorsed recreational cannabis use in order to create a system that ensures consumers are safe products while prohibiting cannabis access to minors,” Quill said, “But illegal cannabis operations continue to undermine people’s will. This movement puts teeth into enforcement and ensures that unauthorized dispensaries face severe penalties in the future.”

Supervisor Janice Hahn emphasized that promoting and protecting the legal cannabis business in the region is also a way to tackle the illegal business head-on.

“I know that providing a legal pathway for people to grow, produce and sell cannabis can somehow help tackle the illegal market,” Han said. “We hope to vote soon on the idea of ​​providing legal options for cannabis businesses in an unincorporated province [areas]. Press release on the BURGER website Confirms conducting a study To identify recommendations for legal cannabis businesses, such as retail, manufacturing, distribution, and more.

In October 2021, Los Angeles County put aside $5 million to fund this effort To combat illegal cannabis in Antelope Valley. a Little press release That $2.4 million will go to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and $1.2 million to the department’s marijuana eradication team, while $503,000 will go to overtime patrols for Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, and $707,000 will be used to purchase trucks that can traverse the difficult terrain in these investigations.

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