Turning off the tap: California county hopes to dry up illegal cannabis grows by limiting water supply

Growth op

California’s Siskiyou County has identified a novel way to evaporate the growing number of illegal cannabis farms sprouting up in a state that seems to forever be on the brink of drought: restrict where water trucks can go. After green-lighting the new ordinance under the Sikiyou County Code earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors issued a notice of a public hearing to gather additional input “relating to water trucks and regulating their use upon certain county roads.” That meeting is scheduled for June 1 or as soon thereafter as possible in response to COVID-19 infection rates at the time. The new ordinance — which exempts emergency vehicles, cannot conflict with state or federal law and applies to about a dozen roads in unincorporated parts of the Butte Valley and Big Springs areas — defines a water truck as a vehicle designed or being used to carry water or tow water tanks or bladders of 100 gallons or more. Park officials report dangerous cannabis grow site found in Jail Canyon ‘Brazen’ illegal weed grow big enough for thousands of plants found on state property Trash weighing 1,361 kilograms removed from a former illegal cannabis cultivation site The change is meant to answer the growing number of illegal weed farms in the county, which is in the northernmost part of the state and shares a border with Oregon, particularly when three-quarters of California is currently experiencing extreme drought . The National Drought Mitigation Center defines that, in part, as fire season lasting year-round and insufficient water for agriculture, wildlife and urban needs. Ed Valenzuela, a supervisor for Siskiyou County, reports that there has been “a huge proliferation of illegal grows” in the county over the last few years and seeing dozens of water trucks on rural roads going to suspected marijuana…

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