This interview took place the day following the abatement, or removal, of Angie’s marijuana crop. All but six plants (the amount allowable for her parcel size according to county land use ordinances) were cut down and taken by sheriff’s officers. The Sheriff’s Office estimates 350 plants were removed.
You can read an interview with an officer that abated these plants here.
So somebody complained about you?
Do you know who it is?
Yes. (Name redacted). They said it (the name) in court. I could have gone to jail if I tried to fight them. But I tried to go through court and do it the right way.
Did you understand what it meant when they came and gave you a citation?
Yeah, that I had too many plants and I shouldn’t.
Did you think that you might go to jail?
Oh yeah, I thought they were going to give me a big hassle. He (the law enforcement officer issuing the violation notice) said ‘if you don’t comply we can put a lien on your property.’ He had me scared to death is what he had me. He had me scared to death, I was crying, I was upset. I was going up to people here and saying ‘I’m gonna lose everything I got.’ I was scared to death.
“I was crying, I was upset. I was going up to people here and saying ‘I’m gonna lose everything I got.’ I was scared to death.”
Did you consider taking down your plants?
Yeah, but (others involved) wouldn’t let me.
Did they think nothing would happen?
Was it difficult to understand what was happening?
Yes, it was for me. I can read it (the notice of violation and accompanying paperwork) all I want, but it doesn’t make sense to me. They are going to fine me. I gotta pay for all the court costs, I gotta pay for them hauling off my marijuana. It says it right here, I can’t grow for 18 months. I can’t water; I can’t do anything.
How long have you been growing?
I only have been growing for four years.
Is it your primary source of income?
No, it’s just a little extra so we can pay our bills.
So you were in court and the judge said we are issuing an abatement order?
She (the judge) gave me a chance to explain why she shouldn’t (issue the abatement order) first.
What did you say?
I said, ‘because I am a patient and I need my medicine.’ She really didn’t seem to care about that one. I saw it as, ‘I got my prescription, so I can grow it and smoke it without being scared about it.’ So that’s how I started doing it.
What is your prescription for?
When you got your prescription did you think that would protect you?
Yes, I really did.
So you have a 215 card?
Did you know about the County (Land Use) Ordinance?
Yeah, but when the doctor gave me the prescription for 99, I thought legally I could grow them. But it’s about your property, the size of the grow you can have.
“They’ll put a lien on my house now. But I want to know how that goes, because I have a mortgage. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. If anything, I’ll put my property up for sale and leave.”
So they may put a lien on your house? How much money do you owe?
Well, $100 a day, from (month redacted), whatever that is. Now I owe the court costs, the cost of hauling the plants off, the cost of the cops coming up here.
I gotta pay for all their time, all of it.
So you owe at least $9,000 just in daily fines?
What’s the total amount you owe?
I’m not sure.
Is there a deadline to pay now?
I don’t know. They’ll put a lien on my house now. But I want to know how that goes, because I have a mortgage. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. If anything, I’ll put my property up for sale and leave.