In September of 2023, a local citizen brought information forward to the Butte County Commission that GLP Custer, LLC, a medical marijuana business operating in Butte County that’s owned in part by Rod Woodruff, was in violation of the county cannabis ordinance because she found that no one listed on the board is a resident of Butte County, while the ordinance states that at least one person needs to the be a resident, with a violation of any part of the ordinance being a civil penalty which carries a $10,000 fine. She discovered that Woodruff initialed that at least one person was a resident on their first permit application in 2022 and, therefore, has been illegally operating for an entire year. The same board members were listed on their renewal application and none of their addresses had changed; all were still living somewhere other than Butte County.
Their renewal was initially denied after that information was brought forward to the commission, yet, they were never shut down from operating and our state’s attorney never charged them for violating the ordinance. However, in October, it came back up for them to decide on whether to renew or not, after an unrelated GLP owner from Lead/Deadwood spoke on their behalf, asking the Commission to let them operate anyway despite the ordinance violation of none of them being a resident and not rectifying the issue.
Somewhere between September and the beginning of October at the first county commission meeting of the month, GLP Custer dug up a Butte County resident that works for the company, yet was not listed as being one of the board members on their permit application, as per the cannabis ordinance states. Despite the obvious violation of the local law, the County Commission voted 4-1 to renew GLP Custer’s permit to continue operating in Butte County and our State’s Attorney does nothing to ensure laws are upheld.
It shows that once again, the County Commission will do what it takes to protect marijuana businesses so they can continue operating here without any interference, even when that interference is the law itself.