The Calaveras County auditor reported that the county Sheriff’s Department has misspent some of the $3.7 million in “fees” collected since last year from people who want to grow medical marijuana in the county.
The county has received hundreds of applications for permits to grow the drug, and has issued 146 permits. To obtain a permit, a grower must pay a $5,000 “fee.”
The auditor said the revenue from the charge is to be used only for permit-related activities, including the cost of performing background checks. The sheriff, however, has spent approximately $120,000 on law enforcement activities, including raids on marijuana farms, that are not related to the permitting process. (Source: Capital Public Radio, August 7.)