Nevada City, CA May 11, 2021 – The 2020-2021 Nevada County Grand Jury (Jury) at present launched its report of an investigation into the County’s success at changing an estimated 3,500 – 4,000 unlawful cannabis growers into permitted operators. The Jury discovered that the present conversion charge of two to three% per yr requires a considerable shift in county operations to speed up conversion, recommending a mix of upper fines, decrease charges, larger Sheriff’s enforcement, and heightened surveillance strategies as alternatives to discover.
Prompted by a citizen grievance, the Jury interviewed county and state officers, native residents, searched on-line data, and reviewed different California counties’ ‘best practices.’ The Jury concluded that the Board of Supervisors is unlikely to attain its said 2020 precedence to: “Maintain and continue to improve the cannabis permitting and enforcement program to promote permitted cannabis activities (emphasis added) while investigating options for additional supply chain license types and a compassionate use program.”
Chief among the many Jury’s findings was to recommend a stronger position in cannabis enforcement by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO). Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance Sec. L-II 3.30 specified a lead position for the County’s Cannabis Compliance Division (CCD) in allowing operations for unlawful cannabis growers. The Jury concluded that the present small group of unarmed CCD workers, counting on citizen complaints to prioritize enforcement actions, has since 2019 made little progress legalizing the County’s estimated 3,500-4,000 unlawful growers.
The Jury requires larger ‘carrot and stick’ engagement by the NCSO, equivalent to streamlined allowing charges mixed with elevated fines for unlawful growers. The Jury additionally inspired the NCSO and Board of Supervisors to analyze and contemplate funding further regulation enforcement instruments, equivalent to drones and/or enhanced satellite tv for pc surveillance of suspected unlawful operations.
Download the total Grand Jury report: http://nccourt.net/divisions/gj-reports.shtml
About the Nevada County Grand Jury
The Nevada County Grand Jury is made up of 19 residents chosen by the Nevada County Superior Court. Jurors serve one-year phrases that conclude every year on June 30. The Jury serves because the county’s ‘watchdog,’ assuring finest authorities practices, and in addition fields citizen complaints. County residents can apply to serve on the 2021-22 Jury and/or file a grievance at: http://nccourt.net/divisions/gj-about.shtml