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growing marijuana in siskiyou county

“Without an injunction, the plaintiffs and other members of the Shasta Vista Hmong community will likely go without water for their basic needs and will likely lose more plants and livestock,” she wrote in the ruling issued last Friday.

Mueller’s injunction, which was reported by the Sacramento Bee, takes effect immediately and will remain in place until the conclusion of a federal lawsuit filed by the Hmong community against county ordinances aimed at cutting off the water supply to illegal marijuana grows. They allege the ordinances were racially motivated and violated their civil rights. No trial date has been scheduled.

Mueller noted that the county did present a compelling case that crime is on the rise.

Growing marijuana in siskiyou county

This measure prohibits anyone other than the sole owner(s) of a parcel from cultivating marijuana without the notorized written authorization of the owner. [3]




Existing law allows cultivation of marijuana with plant limits based on parcel size, ranging from 12 immature or 6 mature plants on parcels less than one acre in size up to 36 immature or 24 mature plants on parcels 20 acres or larger. This measure would establish a limit of 12 plants (mature or immature) per parcel, regardless of parcel size.

The following official argument was submitted in favor of the measure: [7]

Official arguments

The following individuals signed the official argument in favor of the measure: [5]

The full text of the measure is available here.

The sheriff’s crusade made him controversial. The harshest detractors called him a thug.

“This is war,” the sheriff said.

“They treat the Hmong as unwelcome,” Mouying Lee said. “We make the economy grow: Wal-Mart. Tractor Supply. But still they are ignorant about the people.”

The raids

For contact information, Thao’s companion gave the email address of Mouying Lee.

The old gold mining town of Yreka for decades sold water to anyone wanting it. But in July 2016 the town council declared the Hmong farmers’ use “undesired” and cut off sales to those living outside of city limits.

By mid-summer 2016, Lopey, the sheriff, concluded that fining the growers was useless. Sheriff’s volunteers teamed up with the county prosecutor’s office and state Fish and Game officials to raid the fields.

A deadly winter, then the raids start anew

Large trespass grows on public lands remain a law enforcement target. But a 2013 federal memo promised to ignore small-scale trade in pot-legal states, and California set no limits on what constitutes personal use.

California paved the way for the black market in 1996, legalizing medical marijuana in terms so loose that growers can remain on the right side of the law right up until they take their crop to market. By 2010, the state grew enough cannabis that it could provide more than three-quarters of the illegal marijuana supply in the country. That’s enough to make marijuana California’s largest export commodity, eclipsing almonds, dairy, walnuts, wine and pistachios combined.