Sacramento begins widespread marijuana crackdown

The Sacramento, California, police department plans to ask the City Council this week for an additional $850,000 in funding to continue a crackdown on its marijuana industry through the first six months of 2018.

According to the Sacramento Bee, California’s capital city began its months-long crusade in August, including a 60-day citywide sweep by the SWAT team that resulted in the seizure of 5,000 illegal cannabis plants, 10 arrests, millions of dollars in fines and 600 grow operations shuttered.

The crackdown comes in advance of the Jan. 1 launch of California’s recreational marijuana market.

Countering illegal operations and the black market has been a big question mark in the state, with some localities giving the issue little thought and others taking the matter seriously.

Sacramento, it appears, is taking the matter seriously.

The city sent out 959 warning letters to suspected illegal grow operations, the newspaper reported, and of those, 614 were closed down after police visited to inspect the premises.

Local officials have also issued $6.8 million in fines, served 12 search warrants and seized $15,000 in cash.

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8 comments on “Sacramento begins widespread marijuana crackdown
  1. Billy Bob on

    So that’s about 8 plants and $25 confiscated per bust and that justifies another $850,000 for six months more of this kind of stupidity.
    I guess that’s how government justifies deficit spending and going deeper in debt.

  2. Mark on

    Welcome to the taxed and regulated market .. The Liberal government is looking to fill their pockets … Beware if you think your business is a shoe in …. Its all in who ya know if you plan to survive …. Even then you may be taxed and regulated out of the market anyway …. Beware legalization isn’t what you think ….. Look at Colorado Oregon and Washington … Huge state sactioned marijuana farms (millions of pounds) flooding the United States with marijuana …

  3. Jennifer Miller on

    Seems pretty “back handed” to raid the companies that want to become legal. I am assuming they know where they are located since they probably filled out licensing applications. That is wrong on so many levels.

  4. Jordan Rapport on

    What a waste of time and money. Legalization is supposed to end wasting money on busting pot grows, and ruining peoples lives. This is so stupid.

  5. Scott Tracy Imler on

    Just as predicted by several of the leaders of the original patient-based movement that sponsored Proposition 215 and who stood on constitutional and moral principles to publicly oppose thestill-born progeny of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and Proposition 64’s recapitulation of America’s 80 year-old war on marijuana. Despite the concerted efforts of friends and foes of Prop 215 alike to ignore, obstruct, and exploit the basic rights granted by the voters in 1996, to exempt patients and their caregivers from criminal prosecution for possession and cultivation, respectively, of cannabis their own non-commercial medical use, we are circumstantially in the same place as we were 21 years ago. While the State Legislature was asleep at the wheel for 19 years, many local elected officials and land-use regulators up and down the state, with the help of a schizophrenic State Supreme Court with a storied history of injudicious affronts to basic human, civil, and medical rights and the unconstitutional interference of a host of federal institutions the tyranny of “prohibilization” is upon us. The good news is that even when January 1st comes and goes, Proposition 215 will still be the law of the land as long as those for whom it was intended remember that that where we are, and where we came from, is ultimately where we are going.

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