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Electrical fire in Placentia leads to discovery of illegal grow house

Published On: 12-04-2017 in Category: Marijuana

Electrical fire in Placentia leads to discovery of illegal grow house

Shortly after Orange County firefighters extinguished a raging electrical blaze in the 700 block of South Melrose Avenue in Placentia on Oct. 15, 2017, Southern California Edison crews attempting to restore power supplies detected that strong stench of marijuana was emanating from a closed business in the vicinity. Upon obtaining a search warrant, detectives found around 2,000 to 3,000 cannabis plants in different stages of growth within the premises of the closed business, media reports said.

Placentia police Sergeant Bryce Angel estimated the illegal grow house to be worth several million dollars. According to authorities, Placentia does not allow commercial marijuana grow houses. Moreover, utility employees reported that due to the nature of their operations, such illegal grow houses consume excessive amounts of electricity, leading to power surges.

As of Nov. 9, 2016, adults in California are permitted to grow up to six cannabis plants per household as long as the growing area is hidden from public eyes, along with other reasonable restrictions. However, all over California, a huge chunk of marijuana is cultivated illegally in the vast remote outdoors. According to the Orange County Register, federal law enforcement officers confiscated 2.64 million cannabis plants from national parks and forests in California in 2015. Experts feel that the surge in illegal pot grow houses mushrooming all over California the state is directly proportional to the soaring rates of marijuana use disorder in the state.

Marijuana use disorder is common in the US

Similar to other drug addiction, marijuana use disorder is a fairly common condition across the United States, which is often left untreated, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Individuals with cannabis addiction display an extreme physiological dependence on the drug, which leads to social as well as professional impairments. According to the latest results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 2 percent of Americans aged 12 and older have some sort of marijuana dependence. Besides, cannabis also accounts for 67 percent of treatment admissions for substance abuse in adolescents.

Owing to the impact of several pro-marijuana campaigns held across the country, many Americans seem to have chosen to ignore the fact that cannabis is a highly addictive and mind-altering substance that can lead to adverse health concerns. Experts say delta-9-tetrahydro cannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin in marijuana that induces psychoactive changes in the body, is responsible for triggering cravings in chronic users.

What remains worthy of mention is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recognize the medicinal benefits of marijuana and it continues to be classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act due to high potential for abuse. The steady surge in cannabis addiction rates nationwide is attributed to the ease of availability, perceived absence of harm and the social acceptance of the drug across the country.

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