Surplus production of marijuana leads to proliferation of black marketing in Oregon
With the legalization of marijuana, there have been reports about the lack of marijuana supply in the state of Oregon. However, according to Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, the state is producing three times more marijuana than it can consume. Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state, the selling of cannabis to other states remains illegal, thus creating a “formidable” amount of the drug in the black market. This way, it is also defeating the primary objective of the legalization of marijuana.
Consequently, the state of Oregon is now attracting the expansion of criminal networks, money laundering and drug violence. As per the authorities, they seized marijuana from 16 other states that originated from Oregon. Along with this, the postal agents seized around 2,600 pounds of cannabis and $1.2 million in associated cash. Stating the problem, Williams said, “Here’s what I know in terms of the landscape here in Oregon and that is, we have an identifiable and formidable marijuana overproduction and diversion problem.”
Advocates deny legal pot a trouble
The withdrawal of a memo created during the former President Barack Obama’s administration by Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a summit attended by the representatives from 13 other U.S. attorney’s offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This memo acted as a guideline to the states with legalized marijuana on the ways they could avoid the federal scrutiny. It was during this summit that the participants discussed the ways to find a solution for the black marketing of cannabis.
Apart from the 900 licensed recreational growers, more than 1,100 licenses are still awaiting approval. Around 500 retailers are also licensed to sell weed and another 250 applicants are waiting for approval. While the legalization of cannabis is considered the cause of all trouble, there are many who do not agree with this contention and state that the tracking of legalized cannabis is much easier.
During the summit, Seth Crawford, former Oregon State University professor, mentioned that the absence of restriction on the number of recreational cannabis producers in the state created the problem of overproduction of marijuana. He highlighted the need for creating an appropriate system post legalization of marijuana to sell the products. The problematic classification of cannabis at the federal level has been primarily responsible for these consequences even in the states where it is legalized.
Federal bodies and health department should keep a track on demand, supply and production of marijuana in the state. It will help the producers better utilize their resources and keep everything in order. This can help in curbing the issue of surplus production of the drug, which is leading to its black marketing and misuse. The trouble does not end here as the excessive supply can pave the path to an increased risk of drug abuse and addiction.
Recovery road map
Among all drugs, marijuana has emerged as the most commonly abused illicit drug among both young and adults. A person tends to experience a range of psychoactive effects due to the consumption of marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main psychoactive ingredients of cannabis, is responsible for surging euphoria and various other effects, such as heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, increased appetite, etc.
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