18,000 Pounds of Weed Seized From SoCal Mom's ‘Marijuana Fortress’

San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said it was the largest marijuana grow he’d seen during his 26-year-career.

On Wednesday, police confiscated 35,000 marijuana plants weighing a total of 18,000 pounds from a heavily fortified compound in San Bernardino. Electricity bills for the place ran over $60,000 a month, authorities said.

The grow is owned by 43-year-old Pacific Palisades resident Stephanie Smith. She is being questioned but has not been charged with a crime.

Not yet, at least.

“Marijuana has been legalized, but there are stringent requirements,” Madden noted. “It’s not that you just get to set up shop where you want to set up.”

Read more at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat


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