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Resource ID: #28929
Subject: Illegal Cannabis Cultivation
Source: Scott Rodd, Nick Miller, Frederik Green
Affiliation: Capital Public Radio
Date: 2019-12-08



Medical and recreational marijuana is legal in California, but the city of Sacramento has been trying to eliminate illegal/unregulated cannabis cultivation in residential homes for years. In August 2017, Sacramento adopted an ordinance allowing residents to grow a maximum of six cannabis plants in their homes, with a $500 fine for each plant over the limit. In early 2018, the city quietly amended the ordinance: property owners would face these steep penalties even if they could prove they did not know the illegal cultivation happened on their property. So, if a rogue tenant, for example, surreptitiously grew cannabis in a rented home, the landlord would receive the fine (typically ranging from $100,000 to $500,000). The city could then place a lien on the home if the penalty was not handled what they consider a timely manner. The tenant typically walked with a slap on the wrist.
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