by Hayli Morrison, (Source:Bowling Green Daily News)
US KY: Police See More Potent Strain Of Pot
Canadian Import Found Growing In Logan County
A highly potent form of marijuana originating in British Columbia and gradually making its way into America in recent years appeared in southcentral Kentucky late last month.
South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force agents discovered 34 growing plants of the substance, commonly called "B.C. Bud," in Logan County.
The drug contains 15- to 25-percent concentrate of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the primary intoxicant in marijuana. The organically grown marijuana plants of the 1970s only had a 2-percent THC content, according to a 2000 report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
B.C. Bud poses new challenges for officers because the plants are more difficult to detect and have a shorter growing season, according to Jim DeVasher, director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force.
"The marijuana growers can plant it in crops of farmers and get it out before the ( other ) crops are harvested, and it also makes it more difficult for us to detect from the air," DeVasher said.
He added that this was the first he's seen of the drug in Logan County. It has not yet been detected in Warren County, according to Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.
"We haven't seen any in Warren County yet, but if it's in Logan County, I'm sure it won't be long," Loving said. "I've been in some conferences where the royal Canadian police have briefed us on it. Add another challenge on our big plates, which are already full."
B.C. Bud differs from its more prevalent predecessor in that it has three leaves instead of five, a twiglike stalk and looks like a shrub, DeVasher said. The most obvious difference is the increased THC concentrate, which nets a greater street value.
According to the DEA, a crop of 50 B.C. Bud plants at 15-percent potency, harvested and sold three times, can yield $179,000.
Although the drug is just beginning to be detected in southcentral Kentucky, it has long been creeping gradually into the United States, starting along the Canadian border.
There, it has been sneaked across the line in backpacks and - in one extreme case - a Canadian military vehicle, according to the DEA. That August 2000 incident resulted in the arrests of two Canadian nationals and the seizure of 240 pounds of B.C. Bud.
The drug has also been found in large quantities in New York City, Atlanta and Adairsville, Ga., DEA said.
Bowling Green Daily News (KY)
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