APPLE VALLEY, CA – Today, Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith introduced legislation that seeks to combat illegal marijuana grows that have been proliferating throughout the rural High Desert communities.

AB 1725 would make changes to Proposition 64 to increase penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony for illegal marijuana growers possessing six or more live cannabis plants.

“These illicit growers have been operating with impunity, knowing that the law allows them to grow with barely a hindrance. For far too long, Sacramento has been soft on crime, and the illicit market has exploded with massive unlicensed grows popping up all around the state,” said Assemblyman Smith.

If you want to learn more about AB 1725, you may do so online at

Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: