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UAS Drones & Illegal Cannabis

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

Illegal cannabis farms are destroying the character of neighborhoods across our County. Our community has committed to supporting a LEGAL and PERMITTED cannabis industry. Good farmers and good people are working hard to meet the letter of the law and exist in harmony with other land owners. I (Hardy Bullock) voted YES to begin a pilot project to use UAS to inspect illegal cannabis farms. The program has an oversight and review process. To date the County has received ZERO complaints from this program. The alternative to this is the use of rotorcraft (helicopters) or fixed wing aircraft to inspects rural areas for illegal farm operations. The UAS option accomplishes the same goal at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers. This program can be repealed and cancelled at any time for any reason.

1. Myth: The County will use drones to infringe on privacy rights.

Fact: The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program is a pilot program only for verification and enforcement of unpermitted cannabis cultivation. Privacy rights were a consideration in developing the UAS pilot program procedures. The tool can only be used to take photographs of unpermitted cannabis cultivation and associated violations, and no photographs or video recordings of persons will be captured. Data collection and retention are consistent with current department policy and as allowed by law.

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