California authorities cleared out 1000’s of unlawful hashish crops and two tons of weed

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8,852 plants and over 2,000 kilograms of processed cannabis eradicated

One of the illegal grow-ops found in Anza, Calif.  / One of the illegal grow-ops found in Anza, Calif. / Photo by Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

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Several indoor and outdoor structures in and around Anza, Cali. lost their booty when the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and its partners cleared out 8,852 marijuana plants and 2,041 kilograms of processed cannabis.

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No arrests have been announced in connection with the finds.

Although California allows adults 21 and older to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use, growing more than that amount can result in a felony charge for certain individuals, notes information from Shouse California Law Group.

Police destroyed thousands of plants after search warrants were issued.  / Police destroyed thousands of plants after search warrants were issued. / Photo by Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

These include defendants who have two or more prior convictions for cultivating more than six marijuana plants, and those who violate certain California environmental laws in their marijuana cultivation activities, the law firm reports.

“Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways, including diminishing and poisoning the water table, and pesticides adversely affecting the health of neighboring residents,” notes the RCSD statement. The department, it adds, “has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses.”

The latest California bust involved a lot of illegal weed plants, but the recovery pales in comparison to a number of other recent raids.

Seedlings found following recent raids involving illegal cannabis farms.  / Seedlings found following recent raids involving illegal cannabis farms. / Photo by Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

In the summer of 2021, for example, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team removed 64,000-plus illegally grown cannabis plants over four days.

Also last summer, searches by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department ultimately revealed almost 5,200 marijuana plants at illegal outdoor grows in Helendale, Calif.

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