Despite legalization, Merced County continues its battle against marijuana

Merced County residents no longer face misdemeanor criminal charges for small amounts of marijuana, but sheriff’s deputies continue chopping down thousands of marijuana plants each year hoping no blood will be shed at large operations run by criminal organizations.

“The reason we are so aggressive in taking care of marijuana cultivation is because of the violence that comes with it,” Sheriff Vern Warnke said. “We’re not going to let up, even though legalization is on the horizon.”

Source: Deputies busy busting large marijuana operations before harvest brings violence | Merced Sun-Star

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