RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials target marijuana crops

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on ordinances intended to curtail for-profit marijuana crops in unincorporated communities.

When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19

Where: First floor, County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside.

After months of work, new rules intended to stop marijuana grows from taking root in rural parts of Riverside County get a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 19.

Growing marijuana, indoors or outdoors, for any reason is already illegal.

“The purpose of these ordinances are to provide for greater enforcement against large-scale marijuana cultivation with the goal of improving community livability ... while also recognizing a limited enforcement exemption” for medical marijuana patients, read a county staff report.

County officials have been refining the ordinances since summer, when Supervisor Kevin Jeffries sought a solution to what he described as the prolific spread of backyard marijuana grows,...

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