SPPD confiscates dozens of marijuana plants as case forwarded to DA
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 18, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Residents were startled to see Santa Paula Police transporting dozens of marijuana plants Saturday morning, a haul confiscated from a home above the high school.
According to SPPD Sgt. Scott Varner, on September 14 at about 11:20 a.m. officers “received information regarding a possible marijuana cultivation at a residence on Palm Court.” The unusual street is cul-de-sac of mostly vintage homes that splits the campus on the west side of Santa Paula High School.
Officers arrived at the residence, “where several marijuana plants were observed growing in the back yard of a residence.” When officers contacted the resident they were cooperative with police.
Ultimately, 25 marijuana plants were removed from the property. Varner said the resident was not charged and the case will be forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.
In the state of California under the Compassionate Use Act, patients can have any amount of cannabis consistent with their personal medical needs. Patients and caregivers with a state-issued ID card are immune from arrest and allowed to possess the amounts below, but those without a state-issued ID card are subject to case-by-case scrutiny.
Although patients keep their right to defend gardens and dosages of any amount in court, it is recommended that users stay within local guidelines to significantly reduce the likelihood that a patient or caregiver will face legal problems. In Ventura County the policy of the Sheriff and District Attorney mirrors the state Attorney General’s recommended basic guideline of six mature plants or 12 immature plants and eight ounces of “bud.”