CANNABIS GROWS PROHIBITED With no COUNTY LAND-USE PERMITS
County of Riverside Challenges Reminder in Many Languages about Cannabis Guidelines
The County of Riverside is reminding potential cannabis growers that they will have to receive land-use approvals in unincorporated regions ahead of cultivating the plant for industrial purposes, according to a memo released Thursday.
The document, which was issued in 4 languages, comes amid stepped-up efforts by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Division to eradicate illegal cannabis operations in the previous couple of months. Deputies have executed a number of search warrants, especially in the Anza Valley, and have created dozens of arrests in response to complaints from residents.
Land-use applications for legal cannabis operations are pending with the County of Riverside Transportation Land Management Agency but applicants have a number of actions to full ahead of any proposals come for a vote ahead of the Board of Supervisors. The application period opened just months ago, and pending applicants have till Oct. 30 to submit their conditional use permit paperwork. Further critiques and approvals will be essential soon after that deadline, so no industrial cultivation operations or dispensaries have been authorized.
Supervisor Chuck Washington, whose district involves the Anza Valley, collaborated with neighborhood advocacy groups and Riverside County Counsel to draft the memo, which emphasizes the value of acquiring each a land-use permit and valid state license ahead of engaging in the cannabis business. The memo was translated in Spanish, Vietnamese and Hmong.
“Illegal cannabis cultivation will not be tolerated in Riverside County, and my workplace has worked closely with Code Enforcement and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Division to crack down on the hazardous black-market place grows in my district,” Supervisor Washington mentioned. “I am committed to addressing the public security and top quality of life troubles that illegal cannabis cultivation causes.”
Sheriff Bianco stressed that his division focuses its eradication efforts on substantial, industrial-sized cannabis operations. In a public service announcement released by his division, Bianco stated, “If you personal or operate a single of these grows, you can anticipate a take a look at from us.”
Residents can report suspected illegal cannabis cultivation to the Sheriff’s Division at: https://www.riversidesheriff.org/crimetips/
Published: October 11, 2019