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Marijuana Growing Complaints Continue Unabated

As Nevada County continues discussions on a permanent marijuana growing ordinance, compliance with the interim ordinance continues to keep the Sheriff’s Department busy. Sergeant Micah Arbaugh says they’ve responded to at least 166 complaints so far this year. But he says numbers will spike up even more, with harvest season approaching. He says it mostly stems from too many plants, but not always…

click to listen to Sgt Arbaugh

But total complaints are still dwarfed by what Arbaugh describes as a “mindblowing” number of marijuana growths in the county. And he says complaints would actually be a lot higher if more people weren’t afraid to report violations…

click to listen to Sgt Arbaugh

Arbaugh also says in his 4 years of responding to complaints, he’s never found complete compliance with the ordinance after a first inspection, although a lot of the violations are relatively minor and only 9 citations have been issued. Self-abatement is also very low. He’s also not sure if opening marijuana dispensaries would reduce the number of plots because it might be cheaper to simply purchase it than grow it.

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