Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey Wants Pot Grows Treated Like an Emergency

Likening the proliferation of illicit marijuana cultivation to a “raging forest fire,” Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey is once again urging the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Siskiyou County has been under a local state of emergency since 2017. And the sheriff told supervisors last week that he needs that designation to continue.

Lopey says law enforcement seized and destroyed nearly 62,000 marijuana plants and 18,000 pounds of processed marijuana last year. All of it was illegal because Siskiyou county still prohibits cultivation of more than six plants for personal use.

Lopey says the majority of contraband is being shipped out of state. The grows invite crime and blight, wreak environmental havoc, and strain the justice system, he told KDRTV

Some marijuana legalization advocates counter that governments like Siskyou would be better off legalizing and then regulating commercial cannabis cultivation.