Long-standing problems with illegal cannabis farms in California may have contributed to the recent fiasco involving raids on legal farms and the shooting of a dog.
What happened was that a Cal Fire officer raided the cannabis farm while it was being approved, and one of them fatally shot the grower’s dog in the process, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The event caused anger in the neighborhood, and some residents demanded that Trinity County Sheriff Tim Saxon quit.
A brief video that depicts armed soldiers breaking into the home and shooting the dog has gone viral and gained widespread attention.
Trinity County Sheriff’s Department said that the grower did not have the required permit and defended the officer, arguing that the dog attacked him.
What’s more, in late April other cannabis farms with state licenses were raided, supposedly lacking permits. Reports at the time noted that California had issued 345 growers’ licenses in the county, which approved less than half (134) of them.
“What I wish for is that we would have a consistent policy throughout the state,” said Trinity County Sheriff Saxon. The current dual licensing system, he added, is “placing many sheriffs in an uncomfortable situation, including myself.”
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