Confused Yet?

A few days back we visited California and looked at Mendocino County’s loss of their homegrown registration program for cannabis gardens.  The function of this program was to ease worry on the part of the growers while raising some revenue for the county.  The program became a victim of threats by the federal government’s questionably named Department of Justice.  Now look at this:
The Mendocino County district attorney is advising medical marijuana growers to tag their plants with sheriff-issued zip ties to lessen their chances of prosecution. “Participation (in the zip-tie program) will continue to be one factor considered by the prosecuting attorney if allegations come before him of criminal wrongdoing,” Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster said in a written statement issued Thursday afternoon.

Skeptics question whether it’s a good idea to register pot-growing operations with the sheriff’s office, given the recent federal crackdown on cooperatives, dispensaries and the people who rent to them. “It seems to me growers wouldn’t want to be on any record when they know that the justice department is so closely looking over the shoulder of Mendocino County,” said Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg, who also is a medicinal marijuana patient.

What’s a grower to do? The county abandoned the permits earlier this year after federal authorities threatened legal action. Marijuana growing remains illegal under federal law and the U.S. Department of Justice last year began cracking down on pot growing and selling operations, including ones approved by the county. The zip-tie program is (was?) aimed at reducing unnecessary prosecutions and protecting medical marijuana patients, as the ties indicate sanctioned growing. It also generated $370,100 in revenue in the last eight months, according to the sheriff’s office.

The revenue is expected to decline significantly now that permits for gardens of more than 25 plants have been abolished. The majority of zip-tie income — $305,750 — came from the larger cooperatives that are now prohibited. They were paying twice as much per zip tie as the small-scale growers, which generated $64,350.

Go deeper into the confusion at Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat. [image: google]

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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