Illegal pot farms a persistent problem in Southwest Colorado

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Large and small illegal marijuana farms are a persistent problem across the state, including Southwest Colorado, according to a local sheriff and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI has formed a special unit to tackle the issue and partner with local law enforcement agencies on investigations.

It is legal under Colorado law for adults 21 and older to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use, but officers are seeing violations of the limit.

In unincorporated Montezuma County, retail and commercial marijuana operations are prohibited by county ordinance. Some growers are licensed by the state to grow marijuana for medical patients, which are monitored by the Sheriff’s Office, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin.

The smaller marijuana gardens that exceed the legal recreational limit…

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