Calif. Pot Farmer Can't Sue County Over Crop Destruction

Law360 (October 16, 2020, 6:27 PM EDT) -- A licensed cannabis cultivator in California whose farm and equipment were destroyed by sheriff's officers executing a search warrant can't sue the county or the officers over the losses, a California appellate panel said Thursday.

Andres Rondon's staff called the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office for help during a robbery, only to have the officers bring a search warrant and a wood chipper to the property, according to court records. They destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in cannabis and lighting equipment and seized his permits, but never charged Rondon with any wrongdoing.

The sheriff's officers' actions may have been "sloppy or...

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