Courts force Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin to respect Lake County citizens constitutional rights

A group of Lake County residents who filed a federal civil rights suit against the Sheriff’s Office after deputies cut down their cannabis plants have prevailed in getting local law enforcement to change tactics.

The issue centers on how deputies investigated whether residents were following rules for marijuana cultivation spelled out in the county’s ordinance. In the summer of 2014, a law enforcement team eradicated small marijuana gardens of mostly elderly residents but didn’t have search warrants or permission to enter the homes or yards.

In a $250,000 settlement, a federal judge in May ordered the county to rewrite department policy requiring deputies to get search warrants, code inspection warrants or written consent from the property owners before entering private land when enforcing the county’s cultivation ordinance, said attorney Joe Elford, who represented the nine residents who launched the case.

Source: Civil-rights suit forces change in marijuana-raid tactics – The Cannifornian

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