The Richmond Police Department has discovered yet another large illegal marijuana grow in the city, this time on Macdonald Avenue, near the BART Station, police said Thursday.
Community members expressed concern about the operation in the 1400 block of Macdonald Avenue, leading to a response by the Richmond Police Department’s Regulatory Unit.
“During their discovery, they located almost 800 marijuana plants and numerous illegal code violations resulting in a hazardous condition,” police said. “The cultivators bypassed the electrical box to steal utilities and had multiple overloaded electrical circuits.”
Marijuana cultivation is legal in certain areas of the city after obtaining proper permits.
While cultivation is illegal elsewhere, the discovery of illegal grows in Richmond are common — including in highly trafficked areas. During a building inspection in August, RPD uncovered a large illegal grow at 820 23rd St., between Gaynor and Garvin avenues.
“For information on the lawful cultivation of cannabis or other cannabis activities, consult the department’s Regulatory Unit (510)620-6635, the department’s website www.ci.richmond.ca.us or the Planning Department, (510)620-6706 or (510)620-6705,” police said.