Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP)

Definition - What does Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) mean?

The Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) is a California cooperative between local law enforcement agencies and various state and federal agencies. It is managed by the state’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

CAMP was officially formed in 1983, but can trace its origins to efforts begun in 1977. With 110 different agencies actively or historically involved with CAMP, it has the distinction of being the largest law enforcement task force in the United States.

The goal of CAMP is to both reduce the amount of marijuana planted, as the name implies, but also to arrest and prosecute those that engage in the cultivation of marijuana.

Hydrolife explains Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP)

When Californians voted to allow for the use of medicinal cannabis in 1996, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting steered its efforts to crack down on larger growing operations in the state.

With the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, Californians voted to allow recreational marijuana by those over the age of 21. This act is thought to create more legal indoor growing areas and reduce the amount of illegally grown outdoor marijuana.

Despite this, with the help of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, the summer of 2017 saw the largest eradication of plants grown on public lands in Trinity County California, with the destruction of almost 60,000 plants.

Over the years, CAMP has been put on the chopping block due to budget cuts, but has managed to survive.

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