Legal marijuana businesses are cautiously welcoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that 150 National Guard troops will deploy to Northern California to “go immediately after illegal cannabis farms,” but the news also is kindling fears in some market circles of a renewed, government-led drug war.
Numerous legal marijuana businesses have lengthy argued that illicit operators pose a big threat to their bottom line – and a widespread law enforcement conundrum for the state at big.
Having said that, some of California’s legal cannabis businesses stay unclear about how the National Guard work will proceed, and the state has however to give clear-reduce answers.
- Parallels drawn to the decades-old Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program (CAMP) have some worried about a “drug war two.0” for the reason that in years previous, CAMP arguably victimized several of the similar MJ farmers who are now legal and licensed.
- Cannabis businesses also are searching for clarity from the state about how the deployment will be managed to make certain it does not unintentionally interfere with legal marijuana enterprises.
- It is also unclear no matter whether the deployment may perhaps lead to raids on some farms that may perhaps be out of compliance with state market guidelines but are nonetheless transitioning and attempting to grow to be component of the legal industry.
Memories of CAMP, in unique, are triggering alarms.“CAMP … sends shivers up my spine just hearing it,” mentioned John Brower, a cannabis market consultant in Trinity County, which comprises the Emerald Triangle along with Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
Scars left by CAMP
National Guard troops are currently involved in at least two anti-narcotics efforts: CAMP, as properly as the National Guard’s Counterdrug Process Force (CDTF).
CAMP is a joint plan involving 10 state and federal agencies, like the California National Guard. It is separate from the CDTF.
While the order that Newsom signed last week bolstered Guard personnel for the CDTF, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal named the move a “carryover of the ‘CAMP’ plan.”
The state lawyer general’s office announced 52 arrests last October produced through CAMP in connection with illegal marijuana grows across California.
Honsal’s comments tying the new National Guard work to CAMP raised eyebrows in the legal Northern California MJ farming neighborhood.
Published: February 21, 2019