The Coastal Packet: But what will National Guard members do with their pot?

Friday, November 6

But what will National Guard members do with their pot?

Press Herald - Gov. Paul LePage told legislative budget writers that the state’s drug epidemic requires a swifter, more robust law enforcement response and that he will deploy the Maine National Guard if the Legislature doesn’t act to provide more drug agents.
He later added, “You either work with me and give me some agents, or I will call the Guard up.”

Governors are considered commanders in chief of Guard units in their states, with the authority to press the Guard into service for civil emergencies. It’s unclear, however, what roles the Guard could play in responding to Maine’s drug crisis because federal law limits how military personnel can be used to enforce domestic laws.

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