California cannabis brands fined for violating environmental laws

Two California cannabis companies are facing stiff fines for violating state environmental laws, KSBY reports. 805 Agricultural Holdings, LLC is facing $40,000 fines related to Fish and Game Code violations, including allegations that the company polluted a creek with diesel fuel, hula hoops, pesticides , herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers, unconsolidated soils and plastic irrigation pipes.

The company is also accused of removing vegetation from the creek and grading a road crossing the creek. The company is among the businesses operated by Helios Dayspring, which was charged in federal court in July with bribery and tax evasion.

The settlement between 805 Agricultural Holdings and the Santa Barbara County Attorney’s Office requires the company to pay the county $23,000; $3.00 to the Santa Barbara County Treasurer to be deposited in the County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund; $3,000 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to be deposited in the fish and game preservation fund; $1,800 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife; $2,400 to the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund; $1,800 to the county to reimburse the district attorney’s costs for the investigation and prosecution; and $5,000 as cost reimbursement to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Medical Investor Holdings LLC, which does business as Vertical Companies, also agreed to a $50,000 settlement with the county attorney’s office for fish and game code violations, including leveling a road crossing a river and the preparation of a five-acre area in the river for the cultivation of cannabis. , which included circle-shaped houses, underground pipes, a generator, and containers of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

Vertical will have to pay $30,000 to the county; $5,000 to the County Treasurer, to be deposited in the County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund; $5,000 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, to be deposited in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund; $3,000 to the Department of Fish and Wildlife; $4,000 to the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund; $3,000 to the county to reimburse the district attorney’s investigation and prosecution costs; and $5,000 as cost reimbursement to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The landowner where the grow site was being set up also faces a fine of $5,250.

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