October 21, 2019
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.
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.
The neighbors responded by filing a lawsuit alleging contractual violations. The case is presently winding its way by means of the court program.