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Officials seize 100 marijuana grow houses in Northern California

Published On: 05-07-2018 in Category: addiction

Officials seize 100 marijuana grow houses in Northern California

After months of intensive investigation, federal and local authorities in Sacramento recently raided 100 houses in Northern California and seized them after finding that they were being used to grow marijuana plants illegally. According to law enforcement agents, a Chinese criminal organization wired money to the owners of the grow houses for large-scale cultivation of the illegal marijuana.

According to U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, most of the Chinese nationals who bought homes in seven counties were in the U.S. legally. The Chinese nationals were not arrested as officials were investigating whether they were under any kind of compulsion to engage in illegal cultivation.

Further investigation revealed that most of the marijuana was dispatched to New York, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois through Chicago, New York City and Atlanta. Scott also said that since the mid-2000s, several illegal grow houses have mushroomed in the inland California region with connections to Chinese criminal organizations from the San Francisco Bay Area. The U.S. attorney attributed this phenomenon to the low real estate rates in the region compared to the Bay Area, besides the growing number of Chinese immigrants in the state.

Describing the recent bust as a “a game-changer” that may have caused a setback of “hundreds of millions of dollars” to these criminal organizations, Scott said that authorities had tracked a minimum of 125 wire transfers, totaling $6.3 million from Fujian Province in China. Besides, officials are investigating to find out whether the home owners are on the payrolls of the criminal groups who may have brought them to the U.S. to buy properties and use the spaces to grow pot.

US is battling marijuana addiction

Despite growing clamor for marijuana legalization across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the medicinal value of the drug. It continues to classify cannabis as Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) because of its immense potential for abuse. Experts feel that reason for the high pot addiction rates across the country is that it is easily available, besides being promoted as a benign drug.

There are considerable health impairments associated with marijuana abuse. People should be educated about the habit-forming and psychoactive nature of marijuana and other cannabis products. Studies have revealed that delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin present in marijuana, is the primary driver of psychoactive changes in the human body, resulting in addiction and total dependence in users. The number of people addicted to marijuana is phenomenal. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), almost 4 million people aged 12 or older had a marijuana use disorder in the past year.

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