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Marijuana: Where Does It Come From?Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
You probably have questions, who grows all these plants? Most of the time it is the Mexican Mafia.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I’ve posted about this before; see Medical Marijuana: Where Does It Come From? on Salem-News.com. It grows north as far as the Arctic Circle but best in real tropical areas. It also grows in backyards, attics, bedrooms and basements. That said, where does it really grow?
The newspaper West Coast Leaf has stories all about Cannabis/Marijuana from all over the U.S. and for that matter all over the world. A very interesting article was printed in Vol. 2, No. 4 for Winter 2010. It was all about CAMP (a 27 year long Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) which destroyed 4.5 million California marijuana plants by Nov. 2009. Los Angeles County ranked 5th with 340,000 plants destroyed.
The most plants destroyed were in Mendocino, Trinity and Humbolt Counties. Who didn’t know that??? The crops had the value of about $18 billion. 76% of those destroyed were on public lands - National Forests, et cetera. The raids were mostly done by California Highway Patrol (CHPS) with 665 raids to date. Texas and West Virginia are considered the number 2 and 3 states. but it is grown in every state, every Canadian Province and all over Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. You knew that, didn’t you???
With all of this destruction you might presume that most of it was destroyed. Surprise, surprise - it is not so. There is so much of it being grown, that if they destroyed even 70% there would still be much left over. The distribution and availability is the problem, Legal Medical Marijuana Card holders know this all too well.
You probably have questions such as, "who grows all these plants?" Most of the time it is the Mexican Mafia who plant and care for thousands of plants. These are really huge plantations because each plant requires at least a 4ft x 4ft area.
Naturally, small-time growers - of which there are at least 8000 in Oregon - are usually smart enough to stay within the legal limits of 6 adult plants and 18 baby plants, one foot by one foot or smaller(Oregon's medical patient individual limit).
Other countries such as Holland grow Cannabis/Marijuana by the ton, but they use greenhouses to control light, temperature, water and fertilizer. In some places these plants will grow up to 20 feet tall. They look like fruit trees. The reedier varieties (like Thai) resemble bamboo.
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