Legal MJ Industry Continues to Express Fears Over Newsom’s National Guard Plan
Although they have much to gain, marijuana industry insiders are increasingly expressing concerns about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to redeploy 150 National Guard troops to Northern California in a large-scale crackdown on illegal farms.
In particular, Marijuana Business Daily reports, some companies fear a repeat of the 1983 Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) operation which received criticism for over-the-top and “abusive” law enforcement raids against cultivators big and small.
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal recently referred to Newsom’s plan a “carryover of the ‘CAMP’ program." Those words instill a sense of fear.
“The abuses of the CAMP program have left some long-lasting wounds in our community, and those wounds aren’t all healed,” Trinity County cannabis consultant John Brower told the publication.
Newsom’s longtime support for legal marijuana and the cannabis industry has been enough to assuage many advocates and insiders about what this deployment will look like. Still, they want more answers about what it will entail.
“I think the details are still to come,” said State Assembly Member Rob Bonta. “I certainly hope it’s nothing like what happened before, with the CAMP enforcement and hardcore tactics. … That’s going to be for the (California) DOJ and the governor to decide, but knowing them, I don’t think that’s their intent.”