Sheriff’s organization begins campaign against unpermitted grow houses

Humboldt Deputy Sheriff's Organization

EUREKA – The Humboldt Deputy Sheriff's Organization (HDSO) on Tuesday, Aug. 22 started a public organizing and outreach effort to combat unpermitted marijuana grow houses in residential neighborhoods.

“The Humboldt County marijuana grow-house epidemic has been going on for over a decade. We know that when you want to really dig in and make our community safer, the best thing you can do is partner with ordinary citizens," said HDSO president Jamie Barney.

With multiple neighborhoods overrun by unoccupied marijuana grows, deputies see the problem in their own neighborhoods.

“Deputies live in these neighborhoods too, and we see firsthand the problems from fire hazards to break-ins that come with grow houses,” Barney continued, “We haven’t met a single Humboldt County citizen who wants a grow-house as their next door neighbor."

HDSO encouraged concerned community members to sign up for their mailing list at, and to follow their Facebook page for updates on the campaign.

“We have been telling politicians and community leaders for years to use the same proven tactics that other communities have used to stop grow-houses and start having safer neighborhoods.  We are confident that by organizing ordinary voters and taxpayers, they will not be able to ignore the grow-house issue anymore,” said Barney.

More information about the Grow-House campaign can be found at


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