Officials in Brentwood, California are tired of the slight increase in home farming violations and have done something about it.
On July 12, Brentwood City Council ramped up the rules for growing cannabis at home – with bypassing the six legal rules for plants inside a personal residence. Administrative citations may be issued – per plant – to any plants grown outside the legal limit.
was the measure Approved by Brentwood City Council by a 4-0 voteWith the absence of Vice Mayor Johnny Rodriguez.
Residents should be careful about considering how many plants they grow in the house. A quote of $100 will be issued for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $500 for the third and subsequent offense. What it means now is that each manufacturer will be considered a separate violation.
According to law enforcement supervisor Roberta Portillo-Penman, the city has seen a rise in cannabis cultivation violations. The new rules will give law enforcement agents additional tools to combat illegal home farming, slightly increasing pressure on residents considering challenging the rules.
Typical illegal growing operations have as many as 10 violations, Portillo-Bienemann said, but the new rules will add more violations, depending on how many plants are found by law enforcement.
Portillo-Bienemann said it usually gives the offender five to seven days to appeal the citation, but the city may fine each manufacturer daily.
“In order to give the individual due process of law, the right, and the ability to appeal this quote, if they choose to do so, we issue administrative fines on a weekly basis,” Tell The Santa Cruz Ranger. It is hoped that these revisions will increase city law enforcement capabilities and deter illegal marijuana cultivation. ”
But nearby in Antioch, California, police say there is no actual problem — at least not in their city.
Antioch Interim Police Chief Steve Ford said that in his city, they had not seen any homes grow in the past year, yet at least one illegal warehouse growth operation was discovered months ago and has been punished by law enforcement.
“As crazy as it sounds, I’d like to think so [the availability of dispensaries] Help mitigate the need for people to try setting up a weed house or growing weed because they don’t have to do it,” Ford told the paper. Santa Cruz Ranger.
Brentwood has organized home farming since 2017, when it incorporated California law into its local law to reflect Proposition 64. City leaders are often concerned about large-scale operations, say crop sizes run into the hundreds or thousands, and believe this creates health and safety risks.
Brentwood Mayor Joel Bryant said he supports the new houseplanting rules.
“Having seen some of these homes growing in our community, not only is there an immediate danger to nearby homes from fire and there are health concerns from mold, but there have also been some violent interactions from criminal activity,” Bryant said. “Not only from the farmers but from the criminals who found out that this house existed.”
Council member Susanna Mayer agreed to the measure, saying the enhanced rules do not impede anyone’s rights to consume cannabis.
Some residents also agreed with the enhanced violations, saying the issue was about protecting their property values.
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