The Growth Op reports…. The day didn’t end so well for three men and a woman who have been arrested in what is believed to be Jamaica’s largest drug bust ever.
Last week, police seized about 8,700 pounds of compressed cannabis, or brick weed, with an estimated street value of $35 million, reports the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
After executing searches of two premises in Manchester, a parish in south-central Jamaica, the drugs and a motor vehicle were seized.
Despite common stereotypes, cannabis was not decriminalized in Jamaica until 2015 and some rules remain, including that adults are only allowed to grow as many as five plants at a time and can possess no more than two ounces without chancing criminal penalties, according to Merry Jane.
Yes, it was a massive haul, but the publication poses this salient question: Who is still buying brick weed these days?
Legalization has, to a large extent, upped the quality of cannabis and sent brick weed — poor quality marijuana that’s been compressed into the shape of a brick to allow for easy transport and smuggling — packing.
Likely, the group was not looking to go legit, like some legacy cannabis farmers who, it was announced in January, could apply for access to a new program that helps transition black market weed farmers into the regulated market.