Neighbors File Racketeering Suit Against Sonoma Cannabis Grower

A Sonoma County cannabis grower is facing a racketeering lawsuit from a group of residents who say they are fed up with the stench and noise emanating from the property.

The plaintiffs say the grower is operating without the proper permits. They filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco late last month.

One family says the smell has prevented them from using their yard, barbequing, and playing basketball outside.

“My wife feels nauseous,” one of the plaintiffs explained. “We cannot sleep because the grower has run a huge generator 24/7 since June.”

The county says it ordered the grower to cease operations on May 29 after they were rejected for a permit, but the grower has continued operations pending an appeal.

“They are accruing fines of up to $10,000 a day for each day they operate illegally,” Tim Ricard, cannabis program manager for Sonoma County, said. That’s little consolation for the families, who say they’re still dealing with noxious fumes and disturbances from the property.

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