Surprise Visits to Cannabis Growers in Mendocino
The Mendocino Voice, our sister site, pokes into why the Mendocino Sheriff paid some unexpected (and perhaps unwelcome) visits to cannabis growers enrolled in the 9.31 (or Zip-tie) program late last month. Here’s the Voice’s look at the why this happened:
Sheriff’s inspectors made some surprise visits to cannabis growers enrolled in the 9.31 program on Friday, September 30, as they begin to wrap up their first round of initial inspections. Undersheriff Randy Johnson, who leads the program, said in an interview that inspectors would continue to make such visits through the season, and farmers should prepare for evolving cannabis regulations in the future. Explained Johnson, “It’s going to take a lot of work, it’s an education process for the next couple years…Farmers are going to have to realize it’s not going to be so smooth. They need to know that if they over-communicate, it will go more smoothly.”
Although unannounced visits are allowed under the program, some prominent cannabis cultivators, including Tim Blake, expressed frustration, saying they had an expectation of advance scheduling from the Sheriff’s Office when the 9.31 program was updated this spring.
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