Most of us are aware that you will not do a story that may reflect poorly on the administration, but this story needs to be told. I was shocked when I read in last week’s paper that the Sheriff’s Department had only done 50 inspections of the tentative permits for commercial marijuana grows. This is less that one per day.

A large number of us paid close to $8,000 in good faith for a lot of empty promises. The county was nowhere near ready to implement this program, so the majority of the illegal grows continue to grow with immunity. On my road alone, I am aware of at least six grows without permits. One got a permit on a piece of property they just bought this spring. There is no house on it; nobody lives there. They graded and put in roads and they drilled a well without permits and they will harvest, I am sure, before anyone ever gets up there.

I have been told by a member of the Planning Department that they are not going to bother them. They are only going to go to the ones where there are complaints. I got the same answer from the Sheriff’s Department.

This is a ripoff for all of us that paid the outrageous fees and I feel that we should get a refund until the county gets it together and they can actually implement the program.

Feel free to make this a letter to your editor, if you like. I think the public would find this interesting.

Gloria Petersen

West Point

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