Senator Gaines Lauds Action on Illegal Marijuana Grows

But cautions the state needs more resources to fight problem
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today expressed gratitude that the state has answered his call for additional resources to combat the explosion of illegal marijuana grows in the north state. 

“Weeks ago I called on Governor Brown to declare a State of Emergency in Siskiyou County, to unlock state resources that could help eradicate illicit marijuana grows and the problems that come along with them. I’ve received word that numerous state agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, California National Guard and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, are dedicating additional personnel to help local law enforcement fight this problem.

“My call to action made a difference. But make no mistake, this fight won’t be won with the manpower we have now. Even with the new resources it’s not nearly enough. We need every relevant agency and department pulling together to snuff out this problem. It’s harvest season for outdoor illegal marijuana grows, and vigilance is needed to stop these truckloads of marijuana from heading out of the state.

“I made it clear to the Governor early last month that a criminal and environmental disaster is taking place. This isn’t Cheech and Chong growing a pot plant in their closet, it’s organized crime committing offenses on an industrial scale. It’s killing our soils and water, threatening ranches, and degrading the quality of life for California citizens.”