Oregon signals more inspections of marijuana cultivation sites

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An adviser to Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown said state inspections of cannabis cultivation sites will become more frequent now that additional facilities have been licensed.

Speaking with local officials in southwestern Oregon, Jeff Rhoades didn’t offer any details about how inspections would be increased, the Grants Pass Daily Courier reported.

According to the newspaper, only 13 cultivation sites were inspected last year in Josephine County – where Grants Pass is the county seat – out of some 2,900 cultivation facilities.

The Josephine County community and economic development director told the Daily Courier her department has a backlog of 327 marijuana-related, land-use complaints it hasn’t had time to investigate. The department has asked for cooperation from state regulators and financial assistance from the state to help deal with the problem.

A judge from Josephine County pointed to an increase in civil lawsuit filings involving landlord-tenant disputes as well as contract battles involving marijuana cultivators and their site investors, according to the newspaper.