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State Of Emergency Declared In Yuba County Due To Illegal Marijuana Farms

Capital Public Radio / File
 

Capital Public Radio / File

A local state of emergency has been declared in Yuba County due to the growing number of illegal marijuana farms.

The emergency declaration approved by Yuba Supervisors Thursday says the county's sheriff's office is being overwhelmed by indoor and outdoor illegal pot grows on public and private lands.

It says the county does not have the staff nor budget to handle the problem.

The declaration says the grows are nearly all non-compliant with the county's pot cultivation policies, leading to problems including fire hazards, pesticide use, and trash.

Illegal water diversions are also a concern.

The supervisors believe the problem extends to neighboring rural counties.

The resolution calls for federal, state, and regional assistance.

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