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Ranson, W. Va. Code § 14-40 (current through March 28, 2019)
This law makes it a misdemeanor for someone to enter an orchard, field, garden, or market garden without consent of the owner or occupier, and take away, damage, or injure the produce, grass, etc.
Food System Category:
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Violaters shall be fined as set forth in section 1-8. § 14-40.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Code context and ordinance history
Section 14-40 is located in Chapter 14 , "Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions," Article II, "Crimes Against Property." History: the enacting ordinance is not specified.