Cannabis grows prohibited without county land-use permits

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RIVERSIDE – Riverside County reminded prospective cannabis growers that they must obtain land-use approvals in unincorporated areas before cultivating the plant for commercial purposes, according to a memo released Thursday, Oct. 10. The document, which was issued in four languages, comes amid stepped-up efforts by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to eradicate illegal cannabis operations in the past few months. Deputies have executed multiple search warrants, particularly in the Anza Valley, and have made dozens of arrests in response to complaints from residents. Land-use applications for legal cannabis operations are pending with Riverside County’s Transportation Land Management Agency, but applicants have multiple steps to complete before any proposals come for a vo
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