California Gov. Gavin Newsom alarmed many Northern California cannabis growers throughout his state of the state deal with in February when he introduced 150 Nationwide Guard troops serving on the U.S.-Mexico border would redeploy, partly, to “go after unlawful cannabis farms.”
However thus far, the troops in query haven’t but redeployed.
As a substitute, they’re awaiting federal funds requested by Newsom in February to finance their assignments to particular Counterdrug Job Power missions, a California Nationwide Guard spokesman informed Marijuana Enterprise Every day this week.
Maybe extra vital, Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan of the Guard’s public affairs workplace clarified that the brand new troops’ precedence might be eliminating so-called trespass grows on public lands, not farms on personal lands that won’t adjust to state regulation.
That was a query that went unanswered in February when MJBizDaily sought clarification on the scope of the troops’ new mission.
“There’s some on personal lands,” Keegan mentioned, “however the ones on public lands which have the hostile environmental affect and a risk to civilian inhabitants – that’s the place our assets are centered.
“(Farmers) who’re doing it the appropriate method – and even making an attempt to do it the appropriate method, complying with the legal guidelines to the most effective of your potential – they shouldn’t fear concerning the California Nationwide Guard.”
There was a latest large-scale raid on an unlawful MJ develop in Riverside County the place the Nationwide Guard’s Counterdrug Job Power assisted native regulation enforcement, however Keegan mentioned that was an occasion through which the perpetrators had been “fully outdoors what’s regulated by state regulation.”
The governor’s workplace didn’t reply to follow-up questions on how a lot funding the Nationwide Guard requested or if there was any indication from the Pentagon as to when these funds might turn into obtainable.
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