The wildfires raging in Northern California recently aren’t just burning forest — numerous marijuana farms have succumbed to the flames. While it remains to be seen what effect this may have on the California medical marijuana market, the question some state residents have looking up at the smoke-filled sky is, “Will this get me high?”
Many in the cannabis community and those of us who cover cannabis news are familiar with the name Dan Rush. Prominent in the California political scene, he was a stalwart supporter of marijuana and marijuana legalization in his capacity as an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in the state. Rush is now facing serious federal charges.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has been a very busy man as of late. Last week he signed a bill that would severely stiffen the penalties for illegal marijuana grows in the state. And now, our good Governor has just signed a bill that would greatly increase the penalties for manufacturing hash oil and methamphetamine in residential California neighborhoods.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Department seized more than 1,100 marijuana plants, a half-ounce of methamphetamine, five firearms, 10 pounds of trimmed buds, and an undisclosed amount of cash when it conducted five raids Sunday in the Northern California county.
Sgt. Ray Framstad told the Merced Sunstar that while most Merced growers stay within the county’s 12-plant limit, the larger, commercial, illegal grows (such as the five raided) drain natural resources and open the area up to harsher drugs and organized crime.
Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would levy stiff fines against illegal marijuana growers, with fines up to $40,000 for the dumping of hazardous materials commonly used in illegal grows.