California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during his state of the state address on Tuesday that the National Guard has been tasked with eliminating unlicensed cannabis farms, a move welcomed by the state’s legal marijuana growers.

“We applaud (Newsom) for allocating resources to eliminate very destructive and dangerous trespass grows,” Terra Carver, executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA), wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.

“These operations are typically on public lands, use extremely harmful pesticides and are run by organized crime,” added Carver, whose group represents state-licensed cultivators in California.

Newsom signed a general order that redeploys 360 National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border to three other state-specific assignments, with the drawdown scheduled for completion by March 31.

Some of those troops will be “redeploying up north to go after illegal cannabis farms, many of which are run by cartels, are devastating our pristine forests and are increasingly becoming fire hazards themselves,” Newsom said.

The move includes 150 troops who will be assigned to the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Another 100 National Guard personnel will target “criminals smuggling drugs and guns through existing border checkpoints,” Newsom said.

Newsom also sent a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan requesting more federal funding for the state’s National Guard Counterdrug Task Force to ramp up the fight against international cartels.

Hezekiah Allen, a longtime industry activist-turned-businessman, pointed out in an email to MJBizDaily that small businesses in the state that have not been able to obtain a permit because of zoning restrictions or outright bans at the local level need incentives and support.

“Large, well-capitalized operations that have ignored the changing regulations or businesses that clearly have no intention of complying, like those operating on public lands or those abusing their workers, should be the highest priority (for elimination),” Allen wrote.

John Schroyer can be reached at [email protected]

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20 comments on “California governor to send National Guard to combat illegal marijuana grows
  1. david smitt on

    Great, good idea. Send them in with some brooms to sweep the forest floors, like they do in Finland. Kill two birds with one broom. Sweep out the bad pot growers and end forest fires to boot.
    But on a serious note, what about the criminal convoy’s coming our way. Millions of drug dealers and rapists are about to invade. I just saw this on FOX. We may need several more military divisions for this invasion. We need to secure our borders, that goes for Canada too. Lets not forget we have those Canuck’s up there. And a lot of them are French! need I say more. MAGA. and god bless America.

  2. Ma Dang on

    Mexicans, Canucks ?
    I’m worried about the Oregonians crossing the border and bringing all their crappy pot with them to sell here in Cali. We need to build a wall !

  3. Robert D. Miller on

    I am all for the shutdown of all illegal drug cartels Cannabis cultivation sites, but what would this do to the stipulation of “personal use” which allows a person, to have 5 plants (2 full grown 3 in the process of maturity) in their posession (home/apt/farm/ranch/ect.) ?

  4. Jennifer Martin on

    Are they really going to distinguish between cartel operations and the 85% of Green Triangle growers who haven’t yet gotten financed or figured out how to navigate complicated compliance requirements for getting licensed? If so, I’m in favor, but the government isn’t exactly known for being sensitive about the distinctions between different kinds of illegal growers.

    • Pat on

      Exactly. Hopefully the gov. is going to go after the worse of the worse. The historically criminally violent and environmentally destructive cartels up in areas that are hard to reach. If that’s what Newsom is referring to, it will be a good thing. If Newsom screws up and targets the other and much larger group, there could be the makings of the likeness of some sort of insurrection in the state. The gov. has always known who these bad people are. They just haven’t had the will or the guts to shut them down in the manner necessary. They’ve had over 50 years of “trying,”

  5. RebelJim on

    You hippies calling for these protections after your no border BS?

    Yep, I do have some swampland in DC to sell YA! HEHEE HEHEEE HAHAHAHAHA

    • Jappleweed on

      Visa overstays outnumber illegal crossings 6 to 1. Plus, the amount of border crossings have decreased. So really, you are just blindly following a corrupt President while he funnels taxpayer funds to his fellow developer friends.
      If you didn’t understand that, i could translate it into Russian for ya, traitor.

  6. Tom on

    To many people are very blind this is just another blow from big business to take out all the moms n pops n people who can’t afford to go legal or haven’t been able to yet so big business can swoop in and take over Humboldt is the biggest threat to big business it’s a business strategy. First bleed all the little guys Dry with outrageous taxes and demands then come clean up the rest with this sweep so big business steps on in all using cartell as an excuse when they barely ever bust them cause they don’t want to deal with gun toting cartell when they can go kick in Gramma green thumbs door n rob her. Open your eyes people.

  7. trish on

    Wait… Didn’t Newsom call this Political Theater when Trump did it? But now that he collected over $300K from marijuana growers it’s became an issue … IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THEIR OWN $$$$ INTERESTS….

  8. Herr on

    Why it took so long to come up with the current plan? The damages have been done for all these years. I guessed it’s better late than never.

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