The following statement was issued on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook Page:
Recently I have received several questions regarding the marijuana program in Mendocino County. I realize this causes a lot of concern for everyone.
Please understand our Board of Supervisors are working hard with our communities as well as county and state agencies to build something which will work for Mendocino County. I will continue to weigh in when it comes to public safety.
I have received several calls regarding this issue from people concerned regarding enforcement. Many of them are cultivators working within the legal realm and many are concerned citizens who are not involved in cultivation, however are effected by cultivation sites near their homes and work.
All of them are asking what my enforcement objectives are and how I plan to keep the communities safe.My enforcement objectives are straight forward and simple.
The following circumstances will be given top priority for enforcement by the Sheriff’s Office.
- Trespass grow sites.
- Cultivation sites run by Organized Crime and drug trafficking organizations.
- Cultivation causing Environmental damage, including water diversion, this will be prioritized based on egregious acts in sensitive areas.
- Any crimes of violence, intimidation, weapons violations or human trafficking associated with cultivation sites/operations.
I received several calls regarding people firing off weapons in grow sites, this is obviously done with the intent of intimidation and warning.
This is going to stop. If someone is shooting off firearms in grow sites, they should expect to be dealt with by law enforcement.
With the recent spike in violence surrounding the illegal marijuana market we will be putting as many resources as possible into dealing with this problem.
I will continue working with state and federal partners to make a solid impact into the illegal market while remaining aware of the budget we must work within.
I will continue to work with the Board of Supervisors on funding for additional deputies for investigation and enforcement.
Mendocino County is resilient and strong. I often think about the spirit of my ancestors who made this their home. We have and will continue to work through our problems while caring for our families, neighbors and the health of our communities.
The rights of our residents, along with our environment must remain a top priority, we have to think about what makes this county so great and protect it for future generations.
Sheriff Matt Kendall