December 14, 2021 3:20 a.m.

On Monday, Oregon state lawmakers approved funding to fight illegal cannabis operations in the state.

SB 893 provides $ 25 million to local law enforcement agencies to help combat the illegal cultivation or distribution of marijuana.

Republican Senate Chairman Tim Knopp said: “It is clear that law enforcement agencies need more help to stop these dangerous illegal operations. This package gives our county partners the resources they need to hire law enforcement officers and water masters to oversee the great task that lies ahead. “

Democratic State Senator Jeff Golden said, “Illegal cannabis operations in southern Oregon have used our limited water supplies, abused local workers, threatened neighbors and negatively impacted businesses run by legal marijuana growers. This is urgent funding that we need now to protect our agriculture, a pillar of Oregon’s economy and the quality of life in Rogue Valley. “

SB 893 cast unanimous votes in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Legislators dealt with a number of other issues in bills that were passed in the one-day special session on Monday.