New marijuana grow law in effect, El Paso County Sheriff's Office cracking down on illegal grows

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says a new law is making it easier to crack down on illegal marijuana grows.

You used to be able to grow 6 plants per adult in a household. But as of 2018, there's a 12 plant cap, no matter how many adults live in a home.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder says there are roughly 650 grows right now across the county.

"We believe a very large number of that 650 are illegal," Sheriff Elder said. "They don't comply with this 12 plant count.”

Sheriff Elder said everyone should know about the new law and get rid of excess plants if they have any.

"We are not focusing on medical marijuana pieces. The recreational marijuana is what it is. We're not trying to take that back. We're trying to get a handle on these grows in eastern El Paso County that are exporting most of their marijuana to other parts of the country."

Law enforcement now has more money for their crack-down, $100,000 from the county to pay for deputies' overtime to shut down illegal grows.

The sheriff's office says the money from county commissioners might last them until the summer, but it will really just depend on the size of each grow.