L.A. County to dish out $30,000-per-day fines for illegally operating cannabis businesses

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Cannabis growers who operate in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, California must proceed with caution if they want to avoid extortionate fines.  Following a vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, January 11, illegally operating cultivators and dispensary owners could soon face daily fines of $30,000 per day. The district has been infiltrated with black market activity since way before statewide adult-use cannabis legalization occurred in California with the voter passing of Proposition 64 – “The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” – on November 8, 2016.  Board members voted in agreement to welcome the new penalties as part of a local ordinance, which will be officially adopted once another vote takes place. A written request to the court was co-authored by supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl.  Barger initially advocated the ordinance in a bid to extinguish an inferno of illegal grow operations across the Antelope Valley; operations that have contributed to chemical water contamination, increased wildfire risk and greater public safety threats.  “Illegal grows, though, are not just occurring in the open spaces of the Antelope Valley. Homes are being gutted and converted to indoor grows to grow hundreds of plants,” Barger explained. “This motion is not about making cannabis illegal. This motion is about protecting the consumer and the community against the unforeseen impact of illegal cannabis cultivation.” Kuehl, the ordinance motion’s co-author, agreed. “Large-scale illegal cannabis operations cause huge public safety and environmental safety concerns. It includes water theft, damage to our fire hydrants, just stealing water to make this happen. This water is a great loss to our communities that are imminently threatened by wildfires,” said Kuehl. Stricter civil penalties have been long sought after in Los Angeles Many months prior to the approval of $30,000-per-day fines for illegal…

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