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INTERAGENCY NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance
in the world today. It's use is also the most
controversial. With legalization efforts underway, it is
important to have the facts.
Marijuana is made from the plant cannabis sativa, a
plant that grows wild (and is also cultivated indoors
and out) throughout many regions. Most of the marijuana
used in the United States comes from sources in the
U.S., Mexico ("Mexican Red/Brown"), and Canada ("BC
Marijuana consists of the buds, leaves, and resin of the
cannabis plant. The stalks and sterilized seeds are
The plant, cannabis sativa, contains chemicals called "cannabinoids."
THC (delta-9-tetrhydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid
believed to be responsible for the psychoactive effects
THC can be found in all parts of the cannabis plant,
including hemp. This is why hemp is regulated
carefully--some hemp products such as clothing, rope,
yarn, lotion and soap are legal products because they do
not cause THC to enter the human body.
"While most of the THC in cannabis plants is
concentrated in the marijuana, all parts of the plant,
including hemp, have been found to contain THC. The
existence of THC in hemp is significant because THC,
like marijuana, is a schedule I controlled substance."
What are the signs of
a Marijuana house in your neighborhood?
Covered or blackened windows
Loud humming sound from fans or ballasts
Strong musty order
Large amounts of potting soil, containers,
fertilizers, hoses, halide light systems, ballasts.
Large purchases of fertilizer, garden hoses, PVC
pipe, camouflage netting
"No Trespassing" or "Keep Out" signs
Unusual structure or items in remote forested areas;
buckets, garden tools, fertilizer bags, etc.