Calif. County Cracks Down on Lax Pot Law

'Emerald Triangle' residents have their 25-plant limit cut to 6
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 10:57 AM CDT
Marijuana plants are seen growing under a heat lamp at the home of George and Jean Hanamoto in the Mendocino County community of Willits, Calif., Wednesday, May 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Voters in a northern California county have backed a measure tightening one of America's loosest pot laws, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. State law allows Californians to grow six marijuana plants each for medicinal use, but Mendocino County allowed its residents 25 plants each for any use. The county's residents will now have to make do with the standard six.

"We thought Ma and Pa growers would be able to grow a little bit," said the county's agricultural commissioner. But the "legalization of marijuana sent a message to organized crime that they could set up shop here, and we got people with automatic weapons growing marijuana in large quantities."