CALIFORNIA: Outdoor marijuana-growing season has come to a close. But, police say, they will deal with a nearly equal number of indoor operations in the coming months.
And both law enforcement and some growers are at odds over the state’s Compassionate Use Act and what constitutes personal use for medicinal reasons.
A chemical compound in medical marijuana has made headlines recently for its use by some families, including a Modesto father, to treat a severe seizure disorder in their young children.
But police say the majority of people who grow marijuana have criminal histories, exploit the law to get high and make a buck, and that their actions often lead to more serious and violent crimes.
From July to September, Modesto Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, also known as MNET, conducted 55 searches and arrested 66 people. Police seized 26 guns and nearly 19,000 pounds of marijuana, said Chief Galen Carroll.
Most were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale; both come with maximum jail sentences of three years.