A growing concern about grow houses

MASON CITY, Iowa – The legalization of medical marijuana in Minnesota has local authorities in Iowa concerned.

Back in 2012, before any legalization decisions were made in Iowa or Minnesota, the Drug Task Force with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 250 marijuana plants from a grow house in Algona.

Chief Dep. Dave Hepperly with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says that the grower was in the business in hope of marijuana one day becoming legal in Iowa, which is a response most law enforcement officials are concerned about.

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota, authorities are getting more concerned about what this means for illegal possession in the Hawkeye State.

“There is probably going to be individuals that will go across the border into another state to maybe partake in the illegal activity or, bring back something that’s illegal in our state,” Hepperly says.

Hepperly says that while they haven’t confiscated a grow house in our area recently, he knows they’re out there and says their search for these operations will strengthen and continue.

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