Victorville Cracks Down on Cannabis Grows
Victorville is cracking down on illegal marijuana grows and other unsanctioned cannabis activity.
This month, the City Council passed an ordinance imposing fines of $100 to $1,000 per plant for anyone caught growing more than the maximum 6 plants for personal use permitted by state law. That’s in addition to $1,000-per-day fines that could be charged to any property owners found to be violating health or safety codes.
Victorville authorities responded to over 200 incidents involving illicit cannabis from Jan. 1, 2018 to Oct. 15, 2019, according to the Victorville Daily Press. Some of the operations posed a direct threat to public safety. Kevin Collins, the city's building official, explained how growers often tap into electrical or gas lines, increasing the risk of a fire or leak.
Currently, Victorville prohibits the cultivation or sale of adult use and medical cannabis. Cannabis advocates have said a legal, regulated system would be easier to control than the status quo.