Burglars interrupted at Templeton cannabis farm


October 21, 2019

Photo by Jason Brock

By CCT Employees

Workers at a cannabis cultivation internet site on York Mountain Road in Templeton interrupted 3 burglars early Monday morning.

Shortly immediately after six a.m., workers found the thieves in the act of taking hemp plants. The startled thieves dropped the plants and fled into a creek bed.

“Deputies, a CHP helicopter and a sheriff’s K9 searched the region but had been unable to find the suspects,” stated Tony Cipolla, the sheriff’s division spokesman.

In the previous, reports of burglaries at hemp farms had been not that frequent. But due to the fact the plants are simply mistaken for marijuana, harvest season has led to two reported burglaries and one particular case of vandalism in SLO County.

Even although marijuana and hemp are each members of the cannabis household, they have diverse levels of THC, the intoxicant in pot, generating vastly diverse profit margins marijuana sells for about 4 instances the cost of hemp.

SLO County needs industrial hemp cultivators to spot signage describing the plants as hemp, and not marijuana. And these indicators appeared to be missing from the York Mountain Road internet site.

“The suspects could not have realized they had been hemp plants they had been attempting to take considering the fact that cannabis and hemp plants are basically the similar plant,” Cipolla stated.

For far more than a year, the York Mountain Road house has been embroiled in controversy. Final year, the county organizing division authorized a permit for a mixture 22,000 square feet indoor and three acre outside marijuana farm on the 77-acre lot.

Neighbors concerned with crime, targeted traffic, water usage and smells appealed the project’s approval.

On March 26, Jamie Jones of Kirk Consulting negotiated a settlement agreement with neighbors to drop their appeal of the project. In exchange, Frank Ricigliano and Laura Gardner, Jones’ clientele, agreed not to develop cannabis outdoors for at least 20 years.

Shortly afterwards, Ricigliano withdrew his application to develop marijuana. He then applied for and received a permit to develop 15 acres of industrial hemp, a cannabis strain.

The neighbors responded by filing a lawsuit alleging contractual violations. The case is presently winding its way by means of the court program.


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