Sheriff restarts zip-tie program; number of plants allowed unclear

The release made no mention of the what the plant limit is.


MENDOCINO Co., 3/14/17 — The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) sent out a press release this morning, announcing that they will resume sale of zip-ties. The release, which lists Undersheriff Randy Johnson as the author, says the sales will begin again immediately, but does not offer any information about caps or plant count limits.

Sales of zip-ties had been suspended for the past week, since the MCSO sent a letter to several cannabis growers announcing the suspension of large parts of the standing cannabis regulations, often referred to as a “urgency ordinance” or the new “9.31.”

Both this release, the previous letter, and statements from officials give the fact the board of supervisors expect to pass a new ordinance soon, as the reason for the suspension. It is, however, unclear when exactly the new ordinance will be passed and come into effect — and passage if not guaranteed.

That was covered in depth here.

We’ll be following up on this through the day.

The press release:

DATE:  March 14, 2017


Incident Number:
Public Announcement – Sheriff’s Office Zip Tie Program


Mendocino County

Date of Incident:

8:00 AM



Written By:
Undersheriff Randy Johnson

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that we will resume sales of voluntary zip ties for Medical Marijuana immediately.

The zip ties are voluntary and serve the purpose of identifying legal marijuana plants in the field saving Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies time when they encounter these plants.

The program was temporarily halted while the Board of Supervisors worked on the new county ordinance.  Although that ordinance is not completed it will not affect those growing legitimate medical marijuana for personal use.

To purchase voluntary zip ties you must come to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office stations in Ukiah or Fort Bragg and present a valid medical recommendation and current government photo ID.

The cost of the zip ties remains at $25.00 each.  This fee may be discounted by fifty percent (50%) for Medi-Cal, SSI and CMSP recipients, and equivalent income qualified veterans.

Approved by:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

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