Two valley residents hit with huge fines under Fresno County's new pot ban

Two valley residents facing huge marijuana fines

FRESNO, Calif. - Two Fresno County residents who grew marijuana at their homes have been fined a total of $73,000 under the county's new pot cultivation ban.

The Fresno Bee reports County Supervisors approved the penalties at a hearing Tuesday.

The ban, which took effect in February, calls for fines of $1,000 per plant found.

A Kerman area man was fined $30,000 for having 30 marijuana plants in his garage.

Meanwhile a woman from Manteca was fined $43,000, for the 43 plants found at her mother's home.

The Fresno Bee says her mother could also face penalties.

Fresno lawyer Brenda Linder calls the fines "exorbitant."

She says she will seek a temporary restraining order to stop the county from continuing to go after small-time growers.

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