A letter addressing recent raids by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Mendocino County was scrapped by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the supervisors apparently in disagreement over its contents.
Supervisor John McCowen said he had written the letter, which questioned the CDFW on the legitimacy and necessity of recently reported raids on small cannabis grows in the county.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section” curated_ids=””]“But we question the necessity and advisability of heavy handed summary eradication of small scale cultivation operations that are in the permit process,” he had written. “We are very concerned that actions of this type will have a chilling effect on the willingness of cultivators to apply for permits.”
Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster had reportedly expressed an interest in the letter, wishing to comment before its approval, but it was pulled before he got the chance. Eyster in May stated there would be “aggressive enforcement” of the new cannabis laws and fully supports law enforcement getting involved, especially for environmental violations, he has said.
A resident who felt particularly emboldened by the raid issue on Tuesday shanghaied part of the public comment period, pulling down the front of her dress to reveal most of her breasts, which had “Breasts not Busts” written on them in black ink.
She had shed a few tears before the display, as she aired her grievances about the cannabis program. After exposing herself, she proceeded to cause a scene by yelling at the supervisors, provoking a crowd of people outside the chambers to hoot and clap for her.
The raids are another issue local cannabis growers have mentioned as deterrents to working with the county to become legal, as many showed up on Tuesday to offer their feedback on the first round of changes to the county’s medical cultivation rules.
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