Recent Cannabis Raid a Reminder that Unpermitted Growing Operations are Illegal
A recent multi-agency raid on multiple illegal cannabis growing operations in south Monterey County is a reminder that there are restrictions on cultivating cannabis in Monterey County. Engaging in cannabis-related activity in violation of County laws is subject to law enforcement action.
Monterey County currently has a permit process and regulations for medical cannabis operations in the unincorporated areas of the County. Information about the permit process, requirements, fees and access to application materials can be found on the Monterey County Resource Management Agency’s website.
Without the appropriate permits, which include restrictions on where cannabis can be grown in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County, growers and those who allow property to be used for unpermitted grows can face prosecution for violating the Monterey County Code as well as state law. Outdoor cultivation is not allowed anywhere in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.
The September 22nd action in Lockwood resulted in criminal complaints to the District Attorney’s Office against multiple individuals, the destruction of 7,500 pounds of cannabis and the seizure of four firearms. California Fish and Wildlife Wardens were also involved in this action and those involved with the illegal grow operation may also face additional charges related to illegally luring and killing deer and other wildlife.
This raid was the culmination of a months-long investigation involving a multi-departmental group of County staff including the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, County Counsel, Resource Management Agency, Health Department, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Agricultural Commissioner and the County Administrative Office. The raid also included assistance from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If you have an emergency or require a response from the Sheriff’s Office for in-progress criminal activity, please dial 911. To leave anonymous tips on illegal cannabis operations please visit www.montereysheriff.org/crimetips/ or dial 888-833-4847.