Ask A Cop: My Neighbors Are Growing Marijuana

Have a question for the Sheriff's Office? Let us know.

Is there anything you have ever wanted to know from the police department? Well, this is your chance to ask. 

Patch has always strived to bring its readers all types of information and keep them updated on what is happening in their communities. It is with that in mind that we bring you our newest column, “Ask A Cop.” We will be teaming up with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies from around the county to answer your questions.

Whether you have a question about certain laws and how they might affect you, your family or friends or how to stay safe in certain situations, we want you to ask them. Every week we will run one question and answer. To submit a question, email Shannon.burkey@patch.com.


If you know of someone growing marijuana on their property/in their home, what is the best way to report it? Also, if they are selling it to minors, how do I report it without getting the teens in trouble?


If you know someone growing marijuana on their property either indoors or outdoors the best way to report it would be to contact the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction of that property. For properties in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz it would be the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, specifically the Narcotics Enforcement Team. If the subjects in question are selling the marijuana to minors then please tell the law enforcement officer this information along with any additional information.

Currently the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team does all of the marijuana cultivation investigations for the Sheriff’s Office. This is because of the current marijuana laws allowing for medical marijuana. Senate Bill 420, Proposition 215, the Attorney General Guidelines from 2008, the Santa Cruz County Code, and current case law, which is ever-changing regarding medical marijuana, provides us with the laws governing medical marijuana and how it can be cultivated, transported, transferred and consumed legally for personal use. The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office aggressively investigates marijuana cases found to be outside the laws and guidelines mentioned above. 

— Sgt. Peter Hansen, Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office Narcotic Enforcement Team Sergeant

bobby oneill September 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree 100%, it shouldnt even be opinionated, these are the facts when you look into them, but peoples perceptions have been manipulated by the govt. If they never were told anything about marijuana but it was discovered like 20 years ago and not officially acknowledged , people would have no problem with it. It is all the years of demonizing it and spreading falsified info and stories that has created this fear
Jn October 16, 2012 at 02:40 AM
It's too bad that the children of tomarrow will think they don't have to follow rules because of the children of today. I'm all for the law, and if the law say's no, then it shall be that. There are rules for many reasons. People make their own choices, and if ever the day come where you have made the choice to go against the law, no matter what age, then you shall be punished. One thing always leads to another. If your truly honestly think that pot is a normal everyday thing, you shouldn't have to justify it..... but it just isn't. I know many many people who smoke, and they are the less fortunate of the people I know. Sorry that it be said, but pot smoking has turned into a HUGE "FAD" over the past few years and the people smoking it are the only people wanting it legal.
Joan Koch February 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Amen on Jn's comment! In my family, the 3 pot smokers of the family all went on to harder drugs, became the least successful, and struggle every day to get their brain chemistry in the happy levels. What a waste! Why don't you pot smokers get your high from exercise or by volunteering to help the less fortunate. I will bet that most, not all of you, consider yourself "the less fortunate"? Ask yourself, " why is that"? How productive are you really when stoned?
Christopher K Odell February 06, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Joan, That's an extremely ignorant statement. Pot doesn't make people unproductive. People who already have that in their nature could have trouble with anything, weed just got there first. Myself and almost all of my friends enjoy smoking and we are talking about people running successful companies like myself. Guess what we all exercise too, and most of us volunteer time doing cleanups or helping feed the homeless. Take your judgemental trash talk and stuff it.
Steven E. Schieffer July 26, 2013 at 01:18 PM
O.K. folks, I gota toss my two pennies in. I am 61 years old. I am in good health. I have worked from 15 years old on until I retire this year! Yaahoo.I am a viet nam era vet, and a taxpaying son-of-a-gun. I have been a pot smoker from age 15 to now, and I still smoke. I have raised a family, and contributed to society all these years. I guess I am one of those lazy potheads huh? The time has passed when I let any person put down us pot smokers because of some pre-concieved notion that some right wing nutjob has instilled in them. We need to think for ourselves and make informed, intelligent decisions based on fact, not some pundits rant. Thanks folks.


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