New strain of marijuana is no laughing matter
BC Bud is:
A) Customs' newest drug-detector dog
B) The beer that made Vancouver famous
C) Canada's answer to Spuds MacKenzie
And the answer is . . . none of the above. BC bud is high-grade Canadian marijuana, one of the most potent strains of cannabis in the world. And while that might sound like a joke or a commercial, neither the Canadian government nor the American government is laughing.
BC bud is cultivated throughout British Columbia—hence its name—and it's earning Vancouver a reputation as the Amsterdam of North America. American and Canadian law enforcement officials both say that it's Canada's number two cash crop, and probably British Columbia's number one. The BC bud industry is thriving, due largely to the drug's ability to deliver quick, high profits at low risk to the seller.
Still largely unknown in much of the United States, the most potent strains of BC bud are grown in basements and garages, typically in suburban rental homes in Vancouver. With its high yield—a single plant can produce up to 24 ounces—and relatively short cultivation period—with indoor gardening, growers don't have to worry about the vicissitudes of climate or weather—even a low-end (25 plants) grower can earn up to $150,000 a year.
So what makes this marijuana different?
Law enforcement officers in both countries contrast BC bud with old-fashioned Mexican marijuana, whose THC content, the active ingredient in cannabis, is about four percent, compared with that of BC bud, which is around 30 percent. Users consider it so exceptional that they are willing to pay cocaine prices for it: In San Diego, a dealer coming north with a pound of coke can and does make an even trade with a dealer traveling south with a pound of "bud." In fact, BC bud increases in value merely by traveling south. A buyer will pay $3,000 to $3,500 a pound in Washington state, and twice that in San Diego.
Has anyone ever gained 1.5 pounds from a single plant? Hell in San Diego that's $8 750 USD a plant.
Canada Border Srvices claims $9 064 CDN per pound:
Windsor, Ontario, April 22, 2005 - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reported today that officers at the Ambassador Bridge seized 21.98 kilograms of suspected marijuana, with an estimated street value of $439,600.
A pound of MJ goes for nine grande? Wow. I had no idea.