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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 08:17 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 08:17 AM
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Senator Gaines Calls for State of Emergency in Siskiyou County Due to Marijuana Grows

Sacramento, CA...Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) sent the following letter to Governor Brown requesting that he declare a State of Emergency in Siskiyou County related to the rampant illegal marijuana grows.

Dear Governor Brown:

I am writing to urge you to declare a State of Emergency in Siskiyou County to address the public health and public safety consequences resulting from the proliferation of illegal marijuana cultivation in the county.

All laws regarding legal marijuana cultivation are being ignored by individual criminals, crime syndicates and drug cartels, who are treating the public and private lands of Siskiyou County as their own illicit greenhouse, harming citizens, law enforcement personnel, and the agricultural community.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, despite outstanding leadership, has simply too few officers to effectively police such a vast geographic area on its own and is in desperate need of any and all assistance the state could provide, including deployment of California National Guard personnel to assist them in their mission to stamp out illegal grows.

The illegal grows are also notorious polluters and are doing grave damage to California’s environment, with indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides and rodenticides that are not monitored by California’s regulatory authorities. This unchecked use of dangerous chemicals is corrupting our soil and water, in addition to poisoning animals in and around the illegal grow sites.

A recent study estimated that illegal grows on National Forest lands statewide (not exclusively Siskiyou County) contain “731,000 pounds of solid fertilizer, 491,000 ounces of concentrated liquid fertilizer and 200,000 ounces of toxic pesticides.” The waste is so concentrated that numerous law enforcement personnel have been hospitalized through exposure.

Workers at the illegal grows are also exposed to unhealthy levels of toxic chemicals and may suffer adverse health consequences as a result.

Siskiyou County ranchers are imperiled by the polluted water resulting from illegal grows and are also victimized by marijuana growers’ water theft. This illegitimate industry is now threatening a legal industry that has been operating in the area for more than a century.

I recently took a helicopter tour to view illegal marijuana grows in Siskiyou County and was shocked by the scale of the activity. The grows are vast and numerous, and it’s indicative of a community that is overrun by unlawful behavior, and of a criminal class that is in complete contempt of the law.

That is both sad and dangerous, and if left unchecked the explosion of illegal grows will continue to exhaust local law enforcement, threaten agriculture, and destroy communities.

The county has suffered under a rapidly accelerating spread of criminal marijuana growing operations. It is incumbent on state government to address this issue that has overwhelmed local government resources. I look forward to your prompt action on this matter.


Senator, 1st District

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Posted on: 2017-09-14 10:09:46   By: Anonymous
Good for him, Calaveras are we next?!!!!

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 10:51:48   By: Anonymous
    Sounds like Calaveras County alright but Jerry Brown, good luck with that. The FED's just need to come down on this filthy dirty business now. Our Sheriff need's help.
    Everything said in that letter applies here too.

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      Posted on: 2017-09-14 10:54:15   By: Anonymous
      The growers talk so much crap about each other I am waiting 'till they starting shooting at each other, hope no innocent bystanders get hurt. Strange how many of them don't like each other, competition I guess?

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        Re: competition?
        Posted on: 2017-09-14 12:04:08   By: Anonymous
        Are you that clueless? The state of Calif all smokes weed. There are more people who want it then is grown here or anywhere else.

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      Posted on: 2017-09-14 10:56:46   By: Anonymous
      He just got help in the amount of 8 million in taxes
      Lets see how he screws that up

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      Posted on: 2017-09-14 12:02:51   By: Anonymous
      The sheriff denied help from FEds. He didn't want it. That is public record

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 10:55:12   By: Anonymous
    When did he wake up, Rip Van Winkle?
    They have had large grows in Siskyou since the 60's
    I thought our representatives were aware, nope another head the sand Republican that wants to come to the rescue 25 years too late
    The only rep we have that is worse is do nothing Mc Clintock

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    Re: Foolish BAN people
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 11:00:33   By: Anonymous
    There is a current BAN in this county. That equates to no money for enforcement. Does it take a senator to figure this out. Stupid Mills! Stupid Clapp. Not sure the other three are stupid yet but we will surely find out Oct 17 when they vote. A BAN will bring the exact same problem to this county as sys county. Stupid Supes

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Posted on: 2017-09-14 12:53:44   By: Anonymous
Should be used to gnaw all these plants down, I mean, look at those choppers...

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    Posted on: 2017-09-14 15:22:13   By: Anonymous
    jealous ??

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      Re: TED GAINES
      Posted on: 2017-09-14 21:26:57   By: Anonymous
      Just substitute Calaveras where Siskyou is. That is the only difference.

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Senator Gaines speaks out on Growers
Posted on: 2017-09-14 21:41:08   By: Anonymous
Perhaps Senator Gaines could come and fly over Calaveras County. I'm sure that the scale of our destruction would make him feel so much better. I don't see any Senators or Supervisors, for that matter, calling for help from the National Guard for our county. Our Supes only see the $ pouring in, but not the crime or environmental devastion.

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    Re: Senator Gaines speaks out on Growers
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 07:11:21   By: Anonymous
    Gaines=closet homosexual

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This is what bans bring
Posted on: 2017-09-15 16:39:13   By: Anonymous
Idiots up there passed a ban and when the expected rush happens they want the state to bail them out of their foolishness. Pass regulations, permits those who will apply, and then ask the state the help you get rid of the rest. If you pass a ban, you are on your own!

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