A new form of marijuana is being used by Houston residents. According to Houston police and the DEA, a type of wax or butter derived from the marijuana plant has quickly become popular in the area in part because the substance is difficult for police to distinguish.
Former users admit the marijuana wax or butter can be enjoyed furtively because it can reasonably pass for other benign substances. The high is reportedly stronger than a standard marijuana cigarette since the plant has been reduced to almost pure tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in the marijuana plant.
This adds to the DEA's concern over policing the drug. A DEA agent attested to its growing use in the Houston area and its secretive use; "You can use it in a little lip balm container," according to the agent, "There's all types of ways it can be hit."
The DEA fears local police will not be able to keep pace with the accelerating popularity of marijuana butter or wax and is concerned that despite recent drug busts in the area, much more of the substance is making its way through the city and surrounding suburbs.
Law enforcement is also concerned with the dangers involved in manufacturing the substance. Several home explosions and fires have been reported across the country as patrons attempt to distill the plant into the wax-like substance.
If you have been accused of making or using marijuana wax or butter, you should speak with a Houston criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Quality legal advice and representation can make all the difference when facing jail time for a crime you didn't commit.
Contact Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law and schedule your free initial consultation.