Few politicians can manage “completely incoherent”, “hypocritical”, “downright backward” and “utterly pointless” at the same time. But in the California’s People Republic, the one-party state run by the Democrats, where democracy goes to die, that’s almost routine.
Governor Newsom claimed that he had to pull National Guard troops from securing the border to deal with a bigger emergency. Cartel pot farms.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed Tuesday to crack down on cartel-grown black market marijuana despite questions about the scope of influence Mexican drug rings are having on the nation’s top cannabis producing state.
Nobody has to import pot into California. There are giant billboards on every block offering drug delivery apps. And there are more marijuana dispensaries than churches. Black market pot in California is like bringing coals to Newcastle.
Newsom said during his State of the State address that he’s pulling 360 of the state’s National Guard troops from President Donald Trump’s border security deployment, which the governor described as part of a “manufactured crisis.”
Border security isn’t a “manufactured crisis”. Newsom’s cartel pot farms are.
He is directing more than a third of these troops to help target illicit pot cultivators in Northern California.
The troops will be “redeploying up north to go after all these illegal cannabis farms, many of which are run by the cartels that are devastating our pristine forests and increasingly themselves becoming fire hazards,” Newsom said.
If cartel pot farms are a huge problem, then why not stop the cartels at the border?
If there’s no border crisis, then there’s no cartel pot farm crisis either. If there is a cartel pot farm crisis, there’s also a border crisis.
Deal with the root cause, as lefties like to say.
While many in California’s legal pot industry – recreational sales began in 2018 – have been clamoring for enforcement against rogue operators, some experts question any blaming of cartels for much of the state’s illicit pot output.
Rogue operators don’t pay taxes. But that’s not a compelling reason to crack down on them.
Once upon a time we thought that drugs were evil and destructive. They still are. But we no longer think so. When there are drug dealers with their own apps, what’s the moral argument for chasing “rogue growers”?
“Hey kids, do drugs, but make sure you only buy taxable pot.”
William Honsal, sheriff in the cannabis epicenter of Humboldt County, said he has seen evidence of cartel connections to “trespass grows,” which are operations set up on state or federal land, the amount of such activity seems to be down recently.
“We’re seeing a reduced amount of trespass grows on public land in the last few years,” he said. “We’ve had to actually turn away help because we don’t see the trespass grows the way we used to.”
The sheriff said cartels are “pulling out” of the business to focus on methamphetamine and heroin trafficking. On Monday the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced its largest one-time seizure of heroin its history — 12 pounds found during a traffic stop.
Honsal said the suspects were Mexican nationals with cartel ties.
No border crisis to see here.
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