California has a reputation for being one of the most cannabis-friendly places in the world. In February, though, newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom (an advocate for legal cannabis) proposed moving 150 National Guard troops to Northern California to help deal with a problem that doesn’t seem to be going away: illegal cannabis growers.
Despite legalizing cannabis for all uses in 2016, California still has a thriving black market that includes growers and sellers. According to research from New Frontier Data, as much as 80% of the cannabis sold in California comes from the illegal black market. The research company estimates that the state’s illicit pot market is worth $3.7 billion, more than four times the size of the legal market in the state.