Couple Arrested For Southern Oregon Unlicensed Grow Operation

A couple in Southern Oregon was arrested for violations of Oregon cannabis laws on Monday, July 23rd, 2018. Michael Stanford and Melody O’Donnell-Stanford were charged with unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of marijuana, as well as fines of about $100,000 for violations relating to un-permitted structures. Their grow was located on Humbug Creek Rd near Jacksonville.

KOBI Channel 5 News in Medford reported:

“During the search, police seized over 600 marijuana plants, over 300 pounds of processed marijuana, over 50 pounds of hashish, over 10 pounds of butane hash oil and five firearms.

49-year-old Michael Stanford and 58-year-old Melody O’Donnell-Stanford were placed under arrest. They were not licensed by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program or the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s recreational marijuana program.”

Many people in the state grow over their “legally” allowed limit in the state, though few at such a scale. No one should be facing jail for these actions. Unfortunately, this type of action will possibly become the new face of enforcement in Oregon as crackdowns on “illegal” grows, many of which will be smaller than this one.

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Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at

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