News Alert!!: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Superior Court issues injunction to shut down illegal marijuana grow operation.
In a press release from the City of Needles, On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, the San Bernardino County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the City of Needles and against Charles R. Ferril shutting down an un-permitted marijuana cultivation facility that Mr. Ferril was allegedly operating in Needles in violation of City and State law.
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The lawsuit titled City of Needles v. Charles R. Ferril (Case number CIVDS1824800) was filed by the City of Needles and alleges that an unpermitted and unlawful marijuana grow operation was being operated by Mr. Ferril in the City of Needles.
The City detected the operation in or about September and promptly filed its lawsuit to shut down and enjoin further operation of the grow facility.
The lawsuit also sought and resulted in an injunction banning Mr. Ferril from conducting any cannabis related business or activities anywhere within the City of Needles.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “The City of Needles has worked diligently to adopt a regulatory framework related to the cannabis industry that complies with state law. We have spent years and substantial staff hours and resources to develop a comprehensive ordinance regulating this industry and we insist that any individuals coming into the City comply with our laws and all applicable state laws. Any individual or business that comes into this City and fails or refuses to comply with City and State law will be shut down and the City will pursue all legal remedies it has available to deal with violators. We take these matters very seriously and we will enforce our laws in this City.”
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels went on to explain that the City has had very few problems with rogue operators.
“Most people that are in this industry work within the law and spend substantial sums to comply with a comprehensive permitting system that has been established by both the state and the City to regulate this industry and ensure that it is conducted in a manner that is safe to our residents. Unfortunately, even though there is a lawful path to operate cannabis businesses in the State and here in Needles, there will always be those who either think that they are above the law or that can get away with ignoring the law. That will not be the case here in our City. We have an outstanding code enforcement team and City staff and they are diligently working to identify and pursue those who choose to come into our City and ignore our laws. If you violate our laws, we will find you and we will shut you down,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.