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Anaheim man convicted of robbing marijuana from drug dealers

Published On: 11-03-2017 in Category: Marijuana

A Santa Ana jury on Oct. 18, 2017, convicted a 40-year-old Anaheim man of robbing marijuana worth $100,000 from drug dealers. On Feb. 18 and March 21, 2017, the accused, identified as Thomas Lamarr Prince, contacted drug dealers in a Newport Coast parking lot, from where he drove them to a private villa in a resort where he robbed them at gunpoint, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

During the first attempt, Prince robbed 60 pounds of marijuana, and 90 pounds during the second. With an earlier conviction for a robbery committed in Los Angeles in 2015, Prince may face prison time of up to 25 years, media reports said. The sentence in the case will be pronounced on Dec. 15, 2017.

Addiction to marijuana is high across California

Over the years, proximity to the Mexican borders has turned California into a major melting pot of different social classes, cultures and races, leaving the state highly vulnerable to the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Statistics show that colossal amounts of low-grade marijuana are often smuggled into the state by Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) through the porous southwest borders. Besides, “BC bud,” which is the popular name for highly potent Canadian marijuana, is also trafficked into the state through the northern borders.

Nowadays, significant quantities of potent domestic marijuana are also being cultivated in high-tech indoor, hydroponic grow houses to fulfil the growing demand for the drug. Also, in the hub of Northern California’s cannabis growing region, the sheriff’s office is perpetually inundated with disgruntled locals complaining about the increase in levels of stench emanating from the numerous marijuana farms in the neighborhood or conflicts arising due to usurpation of public lands by grow house owners or other marijuana entrepreneurs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seems to be actively involved in busting unlawful butane honey oil manufacturing units across California. Marijuana leaves are boiled in butane to extract tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the addictive chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. THC is also used to manufacture honey oil or hash oil, which is the honey-like end product that can be inhaled or smoked using a vaporizer to experience euphoric sensations.

Moreover, an easy-to-access drug such as marijuana has the potential to push chronic users to experiment other types of hard drugs. Extended use of pot is capable of paving the way for addiction, mental health problems and other serious health hazards. According to the California Department of Public Health (CPDH), from 2013-2015, 70 percent of 11th graders reported it was fairly easy or very easy to get marijuana in the state. Further, in 2016, 9.5 percent of California adults aged 18 to 64 used marijuana or marijuana hash oil at least one day.

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