REDDING, Calif.- On Thursday, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting on illegal marijuana grows within the county.
The meeting started at 4 p.m. Erin Ryan, a representative from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office, gave a presentation on illegal marijuana grows sites in Northern California.
The meeting also focused on the environmental and health impacts that illegal grows have within the county.
“It's going to be a real concentrated effort to get everybody on board and everybody working as a team to combat this,” said District 3 Supervisor Mary Rickert.
“It's not just a simple problem, it's a complex problem that has many facets to it.”
According to a county staff report, a county ordinance bans commercial cannabis activities in unincorporated areas of Shasta County.
The group Shasta County Citizens Against Marijuana tells Action News Now, while the open discussion is a good step. They want to see actions and solutions.
“We need to have solutions,” said Cathy Grandstaff with Shasta County Citizens Against Marijuana.
“Not just more education or more talking about it. We need to have honest solutions; we need to obviously increase our law enforcement and code enforcement.”
During the meeting, County CEO Matt Pontes said that they will be taking comments from the public and try to incorporate in to a plan the county is working on.
Pontes said they plan to bring this back to the board next month.