A resolution authorizing the Nevada County Sheriff to renew an agreement with the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration for Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression was pulled for comment from the Board of Supervisors consent calendar Tuesday morning by public request.
For more than 20 years the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has worked with the D-E-A to locate and remove illicit marijuana grows, mostly on public land that are in violation of state and federal law. But Martin Webb of Penn Valley, who was invited by the sheriff to participate in the working group to draw up a County Medical Marijuana Ordinance, in public hearing today said Sheriff Royal would use the federal funds to investigate county medical marijuana growers, which drew a quick response from the Sheriff.
The Sheriff later apologized to the Board and audience for loosing his patience.
President of Americans for Safe Access Nevada County Chapter, Patricia Smith said she supports county efforts to suppress illegal grows.
Since the last contract with the D-E-A was renewed, the county has adopted a Medical Marijuana ordinance that outlines provisions for medicinal cannabis to be grown while not becoming a nuisance to neighbors. Attorney Stephen Munkelt asked the Supervisors if the agreement wouldn’t require the sheriff to report medical cannabis growers to federal agencies?
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Supervisor Nate Beason grilled the Sheriff for clarification that the federal grant funds would not be used to go after county medical marijuana growers.
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Fly process refers to aerial surveilance for marijuana grows. The agreement with the federal government provides the sheriff’s office up to $45 thousand dollars from the Drug Enforcement Agency which may be used for salaries, and rental of vehciles and equipment in the eradication and suppression of illlicit cannabis. The motion to approve was passed on a 4 to 1 vote with supervisor Lamphier voting No. The term of the agreement is between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.