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California Cattlemen

RESOLUTION OF THE CALIFORNIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
ADOPTED ON NOVEMBER 16TH, 2013

ILLEGAL DRUG OPERATIONS ON PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LANDS

WHEREAS, ranchers, timberland owners as well as private and public property are being severely impacted by the cultivation, harvesting and distribution of marijuana, and

WHEREAS, such activity threatens and degrades the environment by polluting the water, diverting normal stream flows, killing cattle and wildlife and polluting the air, and

WHEREAS, such activity threatens the personal safety of ranchers, landowners, farm and ranch workers and family members along with those using public lands, now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, CCA coordinate and collaborate with the affected parties including ranchers, timberland owners, sportsmen’s groups, public land use groups, public agencies, county boards of supervisors, legislators and the Governor to communicate and cooperate with the various environmental enforcement agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Drug Enforcement Agency, federal state and local law enforcement agencies and local politicians in an effort to allocate and appropriate; adequate funding and other resources to effectively aid in enforcing existing laws and ordinances restricting and regulating the cultivation, harvesting and distribution of marijuana throughout the State of California, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, a multi-tiered approach is needed to resolve these problems and CCA supports and will advocate on behalf of the following:
Secure funding for the sheriff’s department and search for grant funding from state and federal agencies and private entities.
Improve coordination between the aforesaid agencies to increase the efficiency of these agencies and specifically local law enforcement to implement the enforcement of existing laws and ordinances regulating marijuana.
Legislation that increases fines and penalties for violations of drug laws.
Increase public awareness of environmental damage being done and the impacts of growers’ dogs killing cattle, growers’ poisoning wildlife, diverting water, polluting water, growers’ armed and on drugs and the general increase in crime associated with these elements.