San Bernardino County Backs California Legislation to Combat Illicit Cannabis Grows

San Bernardino County Backs California Legislation to Combat Illicit Cannabis Grows
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<![CDATA[San Bernardino County, Calif., is backing attempts at the state level to crack down on illicit cannabis grows.The county is supporting legislation in the California Assembly and Senate that would increase fines for illegal cannabis cultivation and target groundwater pollution caused by illicit grow sites, according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.“Illegal cannabis farming is devastating the desert communities of San Bernardino County,” Curt Hagman, chairman of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, told the news outlet. “The county is determined to stop this terrible damage to the environment and to protect the lives and property of our residents from lawless criminals.”The county has also requested $10 million in state funding to help clean up environmental damage at hundreds of illegal cultivation sites, the Mohave Valley Daily News reported.California voters legalized cannabis in 2016 through Proposition 64, which allows the home cultivation of six plants for personal use and reduces the penalty for illegal cannabis cultivation from a felony to a misdemeanor.“California law on cannabis crimes lacks serious penalties,” Dawn Rowe, vice chair of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, told the Mohave Valley Daily News. “If someone grows 7, 700 or 70,000 cannabis plants without a license the punishment is all the same—it is a misdemeanor. State law needs real punishments to eliminate large-scale illegal cannabis farms or rural Californians will continue to suffer.”California lawmakers are taking notice.Earlier this year, Rep. Thurston Smith (R-Apple Valley) introduced Assembly Bill 1725 to classify unlicensed cannabis cultivation as a felony, rolling back the provisions in Prop. 64 that deem growing any number of plants without a license a misdemeanor.RELATED: California Bill Would Classify Unlicensed Cannabis Cultivation as a FelonySmith has also put forth A.B. 2728 to add an additional civil penalty based on the size of the illegal cultivation operation in an…

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