WET Eradicates 1000 Marijuana Plants Near Bridgeville
“There was at least one count of unlawful alteration of a bed, bank or channel and/or unlawful diversion of a stream,” Little who was not at the site where the search warrant was served said but he had spoken with those who were there. He explained that though the three individuals were not arrested immediately, they will be facing felony charges for cultivation because their environmental crimes trigger a felony charge.
The property had no permits from the state or county, Little said.
Little went on to explain about WET’s role in respect to County permits. He said,
While our efforts are primarily to protect the environment, we are sworn peace officers who are sworn to enforce all state statutes. When we come across a cannabis grow…that may have county permits but there are substantial environmental issues and there is no legitimate medical [reason for] the amount of plants being cultivated, there may be a possibility that the grow will be eradicated because [the growers] are in violation of the law… .
He pointed out that commercial cannabis cultivation is not yet legal.
…Commercial cultivation is not legal until they have both a state and a county cultivation license. The state [commercial cannabis] law will not take effect until January 1, 2018.
In the meantime, you can grow on the county permit as long as you follow the guidelines under Prop 215, SB 64 and SB 420.
In addition, Little said, cultivators need to have all their documentation on site. And, he said, the patients claimed by the cultivator must be aware that their 215’s are associated with that site.