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From the Field: An SOSN core member says goodbye to Sonoma County

One of our founders, who lives a rural part of the North County, has given up hope and is selling his property – most likely at a great loss – due to the incursion of 2 large commercial pot grows next door. “You’ll have to excuse my tone and directness, the past 7 months have…
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Lessons learned from marijuana legalization in Four States and D.C.

Executive Summary: It’s not working. https://learnaboutsam.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SAM-Lessons-Learned-From-Marijuana-Legalization-Digital.pdf “Apart from black market activity, legalization has potentially exacerbated other crimes as well. Though it cannot be said that crime has increased because of legalization, some trends are worth noting. The crime rate in Colorado has increased 11 times faster than the rest of the nation since legalization (Mitchell,…
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At Least Eleven Pot-Related Homicides Since Legalization, Colorado DA Says

George BrauchlerAugust 21, 2017 Editor’s note: The July 25 post “Shawn Geerdes’s Marijuana-Grow Murder Used to Attack Legal Pot” asserted that 18th Judicial District DA and 2018 Colorado gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler had attempted to score political points with anti-cannabis critics by way of post-prosecution statements such as, “Here is yet another violent crime related to marijuana. Whatever benefits…
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More Illegal Grows and Organized Crime Since legalization « CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – The Marijuana Unit of the Denver Police Department is growing. The number of undercover detectives has doubled since the legalization of medicinal marijuana in 2000. Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, Sergeant Aaron Rebeterano says the problem with illegal grow operations is on the rise. e and his team are executing between five…
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Here we go again.. And while your neighbors homes and person are invaded, yet again, your County Board of Supervisors are bending over backwards to bring cannabis production to our rural County

Manhunt on for 2 suspects in cannabis-related Santa Rosa home invasion robbery A manhunt is underway for at least two armed men who barged into a home on the southwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa Wednesday morning, tied up a male resident and made off with an unknown amount of cannabis. Just before 9:30 a.m., one…
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Pot tax scofflaws and the mirage of a cannabis windfall

This is a sheet the county prepared of delinquent marijuana taxes for growers. There are 29 scofflaws who are behind in paying their taxes, and the spreadsheet lists the current amounts in arrears.  In some cases the amounts due are over $60,000. At the April 10 board of supervisors meeting, the board received information about…
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Challenges Mount To Growing Legal Marijuana Outdoors In Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) – Sonoma County has many illegal marijuana grow operations, and there is growing opposition to allowing legal pot to be grown near homes in the county. A Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday was packed and the audience well defined, with green hats for the cannabis growers and red…
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The Latest: Raids cost Chinese gang ‘hundreds of millions’

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.  The Latest on raids on illegal marijuana houses (all times local): 3 p.m. U.S. prosecutors estimate that a Chinese-based crime organization will lose “hundreds of millions of dollars” in drug profits and the money it invested in homes in Northern California after authorities conducted raids. Law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 houses…
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Chinese crime syndicate’s alleged pot grows lead to seizure of 100 homes in Sacramento area

In the largest operation of its kind, federal agents swept across the Sacramento region Tuesday and Wednesday targeting about 75 homes serving as suspected marijuana growing sites that authorities say are operated by a Chinese organized crime syndicate. The raids, which involved more than 500 federal, state and local agents, hit homes from Elk Grove…
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US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday. The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who…
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