“Detectives also discovered hazardous materials on the property, which is not uncommon for investigators to find at THC-extraction labs. These hazardous materials may enter the local ground water supply and streams, creating extreme environmental hazards.”
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Deputies broke up an illegal marijuana cultivation and processing operation in Valley Center Thursday, discovering other drugs too, according to authorities.
The illicit cannabis cultivation activities that took place at the shuttered operation will be the subject of a criminal complaint filed with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, according to Harris.
The personnel, including a SWAT team, served a warrant at the cannabis-growing site in the 12000 block of Sierra Rojo Road about 7 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.
During the raid, deputies seized 111 cannabis plants, $9,100 in currency, three ounces of cocaine, some chopped psilocybin mushrooms and ammunition, Sgt. Kamon Harris said. They also discovered two labs used for extracting THC, the intoxicating substance in marijuana.
More than 3,900 marijuana plants seized from illegal grow site.
“Marijuana-cultivation sites such as these are often the source of products unsafe for human consumption, which are sold at illegal dispensaries in our communities,” Harris said.
A county hazardous materials team was called in to assess the site, and child protective services officers were requested to evaluate the welfare of an 8-year-old found living on the property, near the THC lab, the sergeant said.
“THC-extraction labs are highly explosive (and) unpredictable, and pose a great danger to the general public,” Harris said.
“Investigators believe the marijuana at the … grow site (raided Thursday) was destined for unlicensed Southern California marijuana dispensaries.”
Photos: $1 million of illegal pot seized from North County grow site.
Last month, our City Council in National City took the bold step of passing a new cannabis ordinance.
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If we want an effective ordinance that brings in revenue, is socially equitable and is beneficial to our community, we need to make our voices heard now. Experience tells us that banning illegal marijuana dispensaries is easy; enforcing the ban is expensive, and worse, futile. Experience tells us that banning marijuana billboards along California highways is easy; enforcing the ban took time and legal action. Even labeling has its challenges — a recent analysis of 75 edible marijuana products sold in Seattle, San Francisco and Seattle shows that current labeling is frighteningly unreliable, and that 83 percent of THC labels were incorrect.
Research shows that early marijuana use is detrimental to youth. Not only is early marijuana use associated with poor school performance, higher dropout rates and impacted emotional health, a recent study finds that early cannabis use is linked to self-harm and mortality in youth already experiencing mood disorders. We need to pay special attention to these new findings today, since we know that many of our youth were hit especially hard socially and emotionally by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Additionally, a recent analysis of poison control center calls shows that children are at increasing risk of accidental cannabis poisoning, including children younger than 5 years old. Some people are still under the assumption that cannabis cannot be overconsumed. Parents all over the country are learning the hard way that is not true. With the rise in children’s visits to emergency rooms from accidental cannabis consumption, the results can be trouble breathing, seizures, and, in the worst cases, children needing to be put in an intensive care unit on a ventilator. In 2017, California banned the use of cannabis edibles in the shapes of people, animals and fruit to protect children. We need to ask ourselves, is that enough to protect children?
While recreational marijuana is not legal for people under the age of 21, teens will tell you that legalizing it, society deeming it an “essential” business, marketing, and lack of protections to prevent underage sales all contribute to the normalization and ease of acquiring cannabis for underage consumption. Cannabis consumption among teens is on the rise. Plus, a new study shows that, just like alcohol, the earlier in life that children use marijuana, the more likely and more rapidly they will develop a substance use disorder. We have consistent evidence telling us that early cannabis consumption is harmful to our youth, and that they are using cannabis more with every passing year.
Let us continue the conversation with our communities in San Diego, and take the opportunity to speak out to the county Board of Supervisors. We need it to apply pressure on the Bureau of Cannabis Control to safeguard our communities and children. California has effective alcohol and tobacco decoy programs that help ensure that businesses do not sell to underage people. We need the bureau to create a statewide decoy program for cannabis in California.
We must be proactive by looking at all areas that we are currently failing, and start addressing them immediately. We must fight this head on and have plans in place for regulation, enforcement, prevention and intervention programs now. We must secure the budget to support the education about cannabis in our communities, how it affects our youth, and integrate school-based prevention, family-based prevention and community-based prevention programs to keep our children safe.
During this time, we need to broaden our proactive measures and make our voices heard. What can we do now to ensure a successful legalization process in the next six months? We need to call on the California Bureau of Cannabis Control to strengthen its accountability controls to prevent the declining safety of our children due to marijuana normalization. We need to focus on educating the public about its harmful effects on young people and protecting them.
The exceedingly slow pace of cities in San Diego County such as Encinitas, Del Mar and Imperial Beach have unwittingly driven the illegal cannabis market by dragging their feet on ordinances and permits.
In January, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to allow legal marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county. In its commitment to proactive community outreach, it is delaying the rollout of the permitting process. Supervisors are calling on all community groups in unincorporated areas to give as much input as possible before they begin to give permits.
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What about your right to grow indoors in San Diego? Renters are subject to their contracts with their landlords. Landlords have the legal right to forbid cannabis cultivation, as well as smoking. People have always done things to protect their property, even if the prohibited behavior is not illegal. Landlords prohibit smoking, pets, and yes, even growing cannabis.
Currently, you can not grow cannabis outdoors in San Diego, except in the Chula Vista and Oceanside areas.
Anyone over the age of 21 can grow 6 cannabis plants. If you have your doctors recommendation, then you can grow “as much as you need according to your condition.”
Prop 64: Recreational Marijuana Cultivation Rights.
There is also something called a daily plant purchase limit pursuant to the Department of Cannabis Control. Adults over age 21 can buy 6 cannabis plants per day, or 12 cannabis plants per day if you have a doctor’s recommendation. When a doctors recommendation lists a higher plant count than 12, it is ultimately up to the plant seller to honor that or not.
Since we teach people to grow cannabis plants at home, this is a common question we receive. Let’s review cannabis plant count numbers in San Diego, CA.
Under Prop. 64, anyone in California over the age of 21 may grow 6 plants per parcel of land. With your homegrown cannabis, you are able to use it personally, or gift it to your friends and family. You may not sell it for profit. Only licensed cannabis businesses are legally able to sell cannabis in San Diego, CA. You may not grow cannabis at home and sell it to your local dispensary.
We don’t see anything for Prop 64 to negate from Prop 215.
As per the CA Supreme Court’s People vs. Kelly ruling in 2010, regarding Prop 215, medical marijuana patients are entitled to have and cultivate whatever amount of marijuana / cannabis is necessary for their personal medical use. According to Proposition 215, residents of the state of California who become medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to cultivate and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes.
***This content was written to inform you of Green Carpet Growing’s understanding of cannabis laws that affect home-growers and does not constitute any legal advice in any form. We are not lawyers or attorneys. However as citizens, we study the laws to the best of our ability, that affect the legal rights of home growers. Please contact us if you feel there are any errors in our content as we would be happy to correct any misinformation.