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Bust of Illicit Marijuana Grow on Reservation Yields Over 22,000 Plants

Complaints about illegal pot growing led to a large-scale bust on the Round Valley Indian Reservation.

Bust Of Illicit Marijuana Grow On Reservation Yields Over 22,000 Plants

A marijuana bust on a California Indian reservation this week yielded more than 22,000 plants, and left 10 individuals in custody. 

The Press Democrat reported that San Jose police had detained 10 people—two women and eight men—on Tuesday at Mendocino County’s Round Valley Indian Reservation, while detectives on the scene also reportedly “sought clues about a missing man believed to have been working in the cannabis industry before his disappearance in April.”

The newspaper said after deputies served a warrant that morning, they “found more than 22,100 cannabis plants inside 55 hoop houses, or long dome-shaped greenhouses made with PVC pipes and plastic tarps.”

Complaints Lead to Bust

The Press Democrat, citing Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall, said that the search on Tuesday “came in response to an influx of reports from Round Valley Indian Reservation residents about multiple illegal marijuana grows throughout the reservation, which were erected by people outside the Round Valley Indian Tribes over the last few months.”

“I’m not going to put up with it,” Kendall said in an online video, as quoted by the Press Democrat. “We can’t have people intimidated and held in their homes for fear that they can’t use the land that belongs to them.”

California’s recreational marijuana market launched at the beginning of 2018, but two years on, the illicit market is still alive and well. A report released last year found that the state’s unregulated cannabis market is three times larger than the regulated industry established by a ballot referendum in 2016, and that there remains about 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services throughout the state, compared with only 873 licensed marijuana dealers.

The United Cannabis Business Association, which represents licensed pot dealers in California, has complained about the persistence of the unregulated market, lobbying regulators and lawmakers in the state to crack down on services like Weedmaps, an app that allows users to locate dispensaries near them.



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    May 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Huh, you know Indian Reservation have their own laws.. Smh Intelligence little to none..
    So pretty much illegal search and seizure.. Lol Dumbass Bureaucrats.

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      May 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      This is all about money. There are several other reservations in California growing legally. It’s up to the nation to regulate it I’ve had several conversations with them about this in the very same state

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    May 17, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Did you two even read the article? The article explains that outsiders were coming onto their land and the authorities on the Rez were having a tough time so they called federal authorities to help them out.

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      May 19, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      sure, yeah, ok, but MOSTLY, the “legal” farmers didn’t want the “illegal” cometition

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