CONCOW, Calif. - A warrant to cut down and remove marijuana plants being grown in violation of Butte County's medical marijuana cultivation regulation, commonly called "Measure A", was executed Thursday in Concow.
Officials said the warrant was served on Dawn Terrace Drive by the Butte County Code Enforcement Division and the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit with assistance from two members on the National Guard.
The operation resulted in the seizure of 1,569 plants (7,845 pounds) with a street value of more than $7,845,000, according to Butte County officials. No arrests were made by deputies. The property had an unpermited building, 8 to 10 abandoned vehicles, and piles of junk.
An administrative hearing officer determined 50 square feet of marijuana could be cultivated on the property based on the County's restrictions on cultivation of medical marijuana. As a result of the hearing officer's decision, the property owner was given 10 days to bring the property into compliance, and when he failed to do so, the county obtained an abatement warrant and abated the nuisance.
The county left 50 square feet of marijuana on the property.
Butte County's local cultivation ordinance generally allows up to 150 square feet of medical marijuana to be grown by patients or caregivers as long as land use requirements are met that address public health and safety. After voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, the Board of Supervisors adopted a local ordinance allowing six plants for personal use to be grown inside on less than 5 acres and outdoors on five acres or more.
Cultivation sites in violation of local restrictions can be considered a public nuisance and the county can seek an order for the nuisance to be abated, as was the case for the property on Dawn Terrace Drive. Butte County encourages residents cultivating medical marijuana to stay in the box or stick to six plants for personal cultivation of adult use marijuana.
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