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“There is major illegal drug activity going on that was not prosecuted, and no one got arrested for, and now the city is responsible . for what is the responsibility of the state and district attorney’s office,” Olson said. “They’re not doing their job, plain and simple.”

According to the affidavit:

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but the key difference between hemp and marijuana is the amount of psychoactive compound — known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC — that each plant possesses. THC provides the high associated with most cannabis plants, but is present in lower levels in the strain of cannabis known as hemp.

Operation reportedly included several greenhouses and thousands of plants.

The landowner told police he is not aware of the identity of the owners or their growing operation, but was told they were growing hemp on his land. Growing hemp is legal, but heavily regulated, in Wisconsin.

Upward of 10,000 marijuana plants are reportedly being housed in a secret growing operation in Franklin, according to Milwaukee County Court documents.

He said he has received two citations in connection to the marijuana growth but has been given little information otherwise. One ticket he received did not list the fine he was required to pay or how much of the illegal substance was on his property, the landowner said. Police declined to offer any more details.

Police also found marijuana on people driving off the property or in their vehicles.

In a search warrant affidavit filed by the Franklin Police Department, officers described an at least six-greenhouse operation on farmland off of 116th Street on the city’s south side.

Under federal law, the maximum amount of THC allowed in a cannabis plant before it is considered illegal is 0.3%.

It’s legal to grow hemp in Wisconsin.

Here’s what we know about the operation.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the landowner insisted he believed only hemp was being grown on the property.

Police discovered multiple systems in place to protect the operation from detection or deter law enforcement and others from the property.

All cannabis seeds must be tested and approved by the state before being purchased to prevent the seeds from producing an illegal cannabis strain, Selthofner said. It’s unlikely that seeds for growing hemp could be mistaken for seeds meant to grow marijuana, he said.

Marijuana legalization efforts in Wisconsin.

State Democrats are fighting to change that, but face staunch Republican opposition, despite large public support for legalization.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge William Sosnay signed off on the search warrant Sept. 7, and police executed the warrant Sept. 8.

Joseph J. Czarnezki, a Milwaukee County supervisor who represents Greenfield, Franklin and Milwaukee, was a co-sponsor of a resolution decreasing the fine for marijuana possession to $1 in Milwaukee County. The resolution passed in March.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture provided police with a list of licensed hemp farms in Milwaukee County, but a permit applied to Green Haven Fields LLC used an address that did not exist, according to the city treasurer’s office.

Police confirmed marijuana on the property as early as July 2021, using criminal informants and other forms of surveillance. According to the informants, one greenhouse contained about 3,500 marijuana plants; the informant noted two tents and six greenhouses on the property that month.

Why should inspectors care about grow operations?

high electricity bills. Energy auditors, many of whom are inspectors, may come across a house that uses far more energy than seems necessary. Inspectors may also be given utility bill information from energy auditors.

Common indications of marijuana grow operations:

Learning about the typical problems created by grow operations will enable inspectors to recognize defects. If an inspector can recognize that water damage, for instance, was a byproduct of a former grow operation, they may waste less time in the attic searching for the source of water leaks.

A marijuana grow operation is the cultivation of marijuana, sometimes illegally, for the purpose of sale and distribution. Indoor grow operations can be found in places such as houses, apartments, commercial businesses and abandoned factories. There are thousands of illegal marijuana growers in the United States, but the problem is considerably more serious in Canada.

Facts and Trends.

In Canada, marijuana grow operations are becoming so common that many police departments have given up trying to fight them. From 1994 to 2004, the number of marijuana cultivation offenses more than doubled, and Canadian law enforcement estimates that there are currently 50,000 grow operations in the country. In the Canadian province of British Columbia, marijuana growth generates an estimated $7 billion annually. Most of the marijuana grown in Canada will eventually be sold in the United States, where it is worth more. Grow operations can be found in any type of house and community. Homes with grow operations are not necessarily cheap rentals or suspicious-looking, crumbling old homes in ramshackle communities. Newer homes in upscale communities are increasingly used to hide grow operations. Marijuana cultivation can be so lucrative that the entire cost of the house is paid for in a short period of time. Although it may seem like a serious risk for a current grower to hire an inspector to examine their home, it does happen, if rarely. Many grow operations are not temporary, and the growers have an otherwise normal household. Drug dealers need their homes to be inspected, too.

Other indications for InterNACHI inspectors and neighbors:

“If you look at the number of people that are dependent on opioids for many different pains and ailments that we deal with, the product that we are going to be producing out of here and the patents that we have – hopefully – we're hoping it will eliminate, eventually, opioids. That is our goal,” Rafih said.

"Am I against this project? No. We need jobs, we need everything that goes along with it. But, I do have a lot of concerns that need to be answered,” said Hicks.

"My big concerns are water. Where are they going to get the water from? Workforce, where are they going to get the workforce from? Where's that workforce going to live?"

Rafih said the recyclable water system will ultimately use less water than the neighboring city golf course. He also said that initially there will be over 400 local jobs needed for construction.

"We are one of three, in the United States of America, that are federally legal to handle Schedule 1 drugs,” said Terry Rafih, chairman of Bright Green Corporation.

"We chose Grants, New Mexico because of the climate," Rafih said.

The bones of a greenhouse have already been built, but that's just the start because the whole facility will soon be a 115-acre research and manufacturing cannabis plant. With more than 100 employees, they said it's worth more than $300 million in investments, however, some locals still have some concerns.

GRANTS, N.M. – Marijuana use is becoming more widely accepted – but for decades there's been one powerful opponent: the federal government. It is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the feds view it like they view cocaine, heroin and meth.

"They haven't even talked to anybody in the city of Grants until today. And that makes me very nervous,” said Martin Hicks, mayor of Grants.

But, now marijuana is moving into a class of its own because federal officials are finally allowing cannabis to be researched. Politicians and Bright Green Corporation came together in Grants, New Mexico where they will be growing a different type of green because they are breaking ground on a very unique facility.

Bright Green Corp., a Canadian company, said they’re now at the forefront of unlocking the mysteries of marijuana.

Hicks, known to be outspoken, had some reservations.

They have some lofty ambitions.

"If we do all the things we say we're going to do, and we have every intention of doing so, then it should be a long, long-term play,” said Rafih.