by David Downs
Mendocino pot growers who registered with the county's 9.31 medical marijuana growing program are probably burying money and/or putting their lawyer on speed dial this month, now that the Mendocino County Sheriff has said he'll turn over his list of permitted growers to the feds.
Why does Mendocino County have a list of pot growers, you might ask? Because starting in 2010 the County began permitting medical grows of up to 99 plants, so long as the growers signed up with the Sheriff's Department, and paid a fee.
"Collectives applying for the [9.31] permit had to provide the applicants' names, mailing address, physical address, phone numbers, driver's license numbers and doctors' recommendations for all patients for whom the medical marijuana was to be grown, among other information," the Ukiah Daily Journal reports.
On Monday, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said the feds will get their hit list, and county-permitted growers will not be immune to federal drug law.
"'We're going to comply with the subpoena,' Allman told the UDJ. ... 'Anyone who applied for the 99-plant permit also had to sign a waiver releasing the county from liability arising from the application or enforcement of the permit's conditions, and agreeing that the signer understood that the permit would comply with state law and that it did 'not confer upon (the applicant) and/or managers, employees and members of the collective immunity from prosecution under federal law.'"