San Andreas, CA…I have been repeatedly asked about Marijuana and the safety of Calaveras citizens. Last year the voters of California chose to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and to allow the small scale cultivation of marijuana. In addition, marijuana cultivation has now become a land use issue based upon decisions by the voters and the Board of Supervisors. In 2016, the previous Calaveras County Board of Supervisors chose to allow large commercial cultivation inside of residential areas of Calaveras County through an “Urgency Ordinance.”
The Sheriff’s Office firmly stands behind the need to remove commercial Marijuana cultivation from our neighborhoods. I believe growing large amounts of marijuana in neighborhoods in not safe and results in both violent conflicts and quality of life nuisances (noise/odor) that affect those who choose to live a quiet peaceful life in their homes and neighborhoods.
While much of the marijuana processes are now being handled through Code Enforcement and the Planning Department, the Sheriff’s Office will still actively investigate criminal activity involving marijuana and all other illegal drugs.
The Sheriff’s Office places our citizen’s safety first. We will work together with our citizens to keep them safe.
The Sherriff’s Office does not want/rely upon marijuana funds to operate our office and keep our citizens safe.
Whether marijuana is banned or regulated, it is up to the BOS to sufficiently fund the Sheriff’s Office to address criminal issues that arise within the community.
I also believe we should do everything we can through early education and to discourage Marijuana’s recreational use.