The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is having trouble stashing the amount of marijuana it has seized.
Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra said the office has continually seen an increase in the quantity of pot confiscated throughout the county.
To alleviate the problem of too much weed stored in the sheriff’s facilities, Vondra made a request to the Charlevoix County commissioners this month to apply for funds under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008 to construct or purchase an evidence storage unit.
“I don’t have the room for the amount of marijuana plants we have now,” Vondra told commissioners. “We are full.”
The funds come from the licensing money distributed by the amount of medical marijuana cardholders in the county, Vondra told commissioners.
The evidence facility would be used for storing medical marijuana and evidence obtained during medical marijuana violation complaints.
“Our plan is for an external storage because we do not have enough internal storage for the amounts of marijuana we have confiscated,” he said. “We are looking initially at a trailer where we can lock and store the evidence where people cannot get in.”
The facility would then hold the seized marijuana while the court cases move through the legal process.
“We can’t burn it or destroy the seized marijuana until the case is finished in court,” Vondra said.
Since medical marijuana became legal in Michigan, Charlevoix County continues to see more cases and more marijuana coming into the sheriff’s office faster than it can be destroyed, Vondra said.
“The deputies do a good job getting rid of the marijuana once we can, but there are rules in place that prevent us from rushing this,” he said. “Operating costs and drug cases are up because of marijuana and our biggest need right now is the evidence storage.”