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Cannabis Enforcement News: More Than 2,500 Cannabis Plants Abated Between Willits, Redwood Valley, and Laytonville

Mendocino County’s Code Enforcement began publishing cannabis code enforcement efforts in May 2021. MendoFever will be republishing these releases for the public.

Action Date: 06/21/21 – 06/25/21

Location: Multiple Locations

Information:

In the fourth week of June 2021, the Mendocino County Code Enforcement Division conducted investigations regarding non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation at the listed locations below.

The Code Enforcement investigation confirmed that commercial cannabis cultivation was occurring in non-permitted structures, without a County Cultivation Permit, or State Cultivation License.  The responsible parties voluntarily abated the cannabis plants being cultivated, and thereby avoided the associated penalties.

6/21/21 – 2600 Block of Center Valley Road in Willits – 345 Cannabis plants abated.

6/23/21 – 12000 Block of Tomki Road in Redwood Valley – 129 Cannabis plants abated.

Code Enforcement intends to take additional action as needed to achieve compliance with the non-permitted structures.

(UPDATE) In the third week of June of 2021, The Mendocino County Code Enforcement Division conducted an investigation regarding non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation at the 3500 Block of Laytonville Dos Rios Road.

The Code Enforcement investigation confirmed that commercial cannabis cultivation was occurring in non-permitted structures without a County Cultivation Permit or State Cultivation License.  The responsible party refused to abate the 450 cannabis plants being cultivated and Code Enforcement subsequently issued Administrative Citations with penalties as follows:

1.) $520 per day for non-permitted structures used for commercial cannabis cultivation.

2.) $1,000 per day for violations of the Mendocino County Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance.

3.) $90,000 (450 plants x $200 per plant) one time penalty for non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation.

As of 6/23/21, the responsible party voluntarily abated the 450 cannabis plants. During the course of the investigation an additional 1371 non-permitted commercially cultivated cannabis plants were discovered, and voluntarily abated on 6/24/21.

Code Enforcement intends to take additional action as needed to achieve compliance with the non-permitted structures.

The Code Enforcement Division receives all Cannabis and General Code Violation complaints in the unincorporated areas of the County. Complaints can be made in person at our offices or by visiting our website at: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/planning-building-services/code-enforcement to file an online complaint. Cannabis specific complaints can also be filed by calling the Cannabis Complaint Hotline at: (844) 421-WEED(9333).

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