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Medical marijuana grows exceed legal limit

By Jane Stebbins / The Curry Coastal Pilot

Curry County Sheriff's deputies had their first two busts related to medical marijuana grow operations this month, Lt. John Ward said Thursday.

The investigations resulted in two people being cited for manufacturing marijuana.

The Sheriff's office received two complaints from citizens in the past two weeks regarding suspicious activities, and discovered marijuana growing operations that were not operating within the law.

The first report, on Aug. 15, involved a resident on South Bank Chetco River Road in Harbor, in which a citizen told law enforcement he could see "numerous" marijuana plants growing on a neighboring property.

Resident Bruce McHenry, who gave deputies consent to look around his property, was found to have growing 32 more mature plants than allowed under law. McHenry was cited for manufacture of marijuana.

The second report, on Aug. 21, occurred at a residence on Ophir Road in Gold Beach, where a citizen reported a suspicious moving-van and a possible marijuana grow.

Deputies responded to the address and contacted Lawrence Simpson in his driveway; a check with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program revealed there was only one registered cardholder there.

Simpson also gave deputies consent to look around his property, where they discovered he had 45 more mature plants than allowed. She was cited for manufacturing marijuana.

OMMP allows a cardholder to have six mature plants, 18 seedlings and up to 1.5 pounds of usable marijuana. The plants at both locations were seized as evidence, and both men were cited for manufacture of marijuana.

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