ILLEGAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION RESULTS IN FELONY CONVICTION
Contact: David Rabow, Deputy District Attorney (831) 755-5327
The illegal cultivation was discovered by the Monterey County District Attorney Investigators and members of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Over 1000 cannabis plants were found to have been growing on the site, although they had been chopped down and dragged to a neighboring property at the time the search warrant was served. Various violations of Fish and Game statutes concerning waterways and Monterey County Code violations regarding the property were also noted. Additionally, Gries had failed to secure a permit or waiver from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board which is required for all cultivation of cannabis that has the potential to negatively impact the waters of the State.
Commercial cannabis cultivation is highly regulated and is designed to protect the public by monitoring every step of the production process. Although this creates a more expensive product, it is necessary in order to provide a safe product that can also be traced if questions ever arise about a compound in the final product. The regulations also protect the environment.