Sheriff Keith Royal: Protecting our community’s quality of life
Sheriff Keith Royal
Once again, we find ourselves in the middle of marijuana growing season here in Nevada County. On a daily basis, the Sheriff’s Office is receiving nuisance complaints from members of our community.
Complaints include concerns regarding strong skunk like odors coming from the gardens growing on nearby properties, increased traffic from individuals helping cultivate the marijuana, the theft of water, trailers being brought onto properties to house the workers with no adequate bathroom sources and additional trash being thrown on the ground, and armed individuals walking around guarding the marijuana gardens.
In addition, we have seen a significant increase in the number of individuals telling us they purchased Nevada County property for the specific purpose of growing marijuana.
A number of counties in California have instituted a ban on outdoor growing in an effort to minimize and reduce nuisance impacts on their community. As a result of these more rigorous restrictions, we are seeing an increase in individuals coming to Nevada County because they view it as an “open” county for growing marijuana, and as such, we are seeing a significant increase in the number and size of marijuana gardens being grown in our county.
Several years back, our Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to address the concerns of our community regarding nuisance issues associated with growing marijuana. Those controls included quantifying the size of gardens which could be grown based on zoning, size of the parcels, and setbacks from other structures and locations where children gather.
Additionally, requirements were established regarding visibility, security, building code impacts, and the requirement of a residential structure. These requirements were all designed to minimize the nuisance impacts to the community regarding marijuana cultivation, and protect the community’s quality of life.
We encourage anyone whose quality of life is impacted by a neighbor cultivating marijuana near their residence to contact the Sheriff’s Office. We also understand that a number of our residents are fearful of retribution by the growers in their neighborhood, but we take every step to keep your information confidential.
We want to protect your quality of life from these nuisances.
Keith Royal is Nevada County Sheriff. Contact the Nevada County Sheriff Office at 530-265-1471.
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