Not too long ago, one of the biggest hash oil busts in history went down in Yuba County, North Carolina, where authorities seized over 300 pounds of the sticky green leaf.
This “Super Lab” also had over six commercial ovens in the facility, totaling $100,000 worth of equipment alone. Agents found a loaded SKS 7.62 mm rifle with six rounds in the magazine behind the front door, and six workers were convicted with producing honey hash oil, a popular type of concentrate.
This was a huge surprise for me, coming from a place like North Carolina where the substance is still highly illegal with no recreational marijuana law efforts in sight. On the other hand, I can definitely see why citizens would target the growing market of hash oil in the deep south where the plant’s price almost doubles compared to the west coast market.
The operation was effectively planned and with all of the resources that its concentrate-smiths had on hand, the entire project would have been well worth the risk. Hash oil, along with other hash-based products, usually yields anywhere from 30 to 70 percent THC, opposed to the usual 12 to 25 percent that flower can bear.
“It’s the first commercial-grade butane honey oil lab I’ve heard of in the state of North Carolina,” said Martin Horan.
It’s believed that as marijuana becomes more accessible through both recreational and medical use, the crime rate for large scale productions will increase.
Once the herb starts to become less frowned upon and southern states begin to allow its use, it’s going to allow the government to thrive in the sense that they’ll be able to make revenue from taxing the legal use of marijuana, not to mention the fines they can tack on to self medicating patients who have amounts of pot that exceed the legal limit.