Pro-cannabis business leaders and law enforcement watched and listened as an Orange County-based drone demonstrator discussed the merits of drone surveillance for cannabis crops May 21.
While the demonstrator advocated for the use of drones to ensure crop health and for search and rescue use, the idea of drones becomes as controversial as the crop itself.
Immediate questions come into play regarding the right to privacy and how specifically drones might be used. By the cannabis growers themselves? By law enforcement to make sure the recreational and medical cannabis moratorium remains in place while commercial hemp is allowed to grow?
“We can’t surveillance someone’s backyard and won’t,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Shannon upon being asked how drone surveillance would work given right to privacy laws.
Local businessman Ken Donnell organized the drone demonstration.