Skip to comments.Police fight ‘death marijuana’ distribution
Posted on 05/23/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT by Alouette
Hydro, more potent and more expensive than regular grass, is sold mostly to the affluent, but police fear rise in violence, crime if youth start using
Israel Police have waged a war on the distribution of Hydro, a more potent and more expensive type of marijuana that is sweeping the local drug market.
Dubbed by police as death grass, Hydro goes for about NIS 500 (USD 110) per 10 grams (0.35 ounces), compared with regular marijuana which is sold for NIS 600 (USD 133) per kilo.
The high price of Hydro is mainly due to the high cost of growing it and the high demand. It is grown in regular homes that are rented out for thousands of dollars a month; police have discovered four such hothouses in recent months: Two in Netanya, one in Kadima and another in Moshav Yanuv.
Hydroponics is a method of growing where the plants are grown in water and are routinely flushed with nutrients; the special equipment can cost thousands of shekels.
People who have used Hydro said the drug has a hallucinatory effect.
If in regular grass the active ingredient is 13 percent, in Hydro it is five or six times more, senior police official Yaron Ahrak said.
The drug is distributed mostly among the affluent, who can afford it. The drugs effects are lethal. All we need now is that the youth will get a hold of it.
Police fear Hydro will spark a revolution in the drug market and an increase in drug-related violence.
'Harsh measures must be taken against growers'
The drug may cause a rise in violence among users and among its distributors. If the youth will start using Hydro we will see a rise in violence and in criminal activity, because the users will seek ways to finance their consumption, Ahrak said.
If someone is in a depressed state he or she may have depressing hallucinations after using the drug; this can lead to severe situations that may end in tragedy. Hydro also has more severe medical implications from higher blood pressure to kidney damage and even impotence.
Despite its potency, Hydro is considered a light drug, and courts tend to sentence according to the amount of drug that was seized.
The law must be changed immediately, Ahrak said. Hydro cannot be dealt with as though it is regular grass. Harsh measures must be taken against growers, dealers and users.
Attorney Revital Svid said the courts cannot differentiate between Hydro and regular grass users, because Hydro is a type of marijuana.
Its just like you cant differentiate between someone who stole a Mercedes and someone who stole a Volkswagen "beetle, she said.
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Ah hell I was gonna go thru the article and list all the lies but the entire article is a piece of fiction.
In my youth we called it, Trip Weed.
My guess is your electric company will notice if you plug a dozen 1000 watt metal halide light fixtures 24 hours a day.
The article is worthless. It's like Sarah Brady writing about guns. Not a single clue.
Sorry to see such ignorant alarmism in Israel. If regular marijuana is 13%, they claim hydro would be 60%. Of What? It can't be weight of dried plant material, since that is mostly cellulose. Hashish is concentrated marijuana resin, and it has been available all over the Middle East for many centuries. As an extract, hashish is going to be stronger than any dried plant, hydroponic or not. Yet there are not confirmed deaths that I know of from overdose with any marijuana derived product (I mean direct death by overdose, not from an auto accident after smoking).
Is it 4:20? LOL
Seriously though, I've never heard of any pot that has killed anyone, unless it was laced with something. This article is BS!!!
Silly courts.. it is called branding. Marketing 101. sheez
THC, I assume.
Please explain to me how Israeli kids get to use pot. I thought all Israelis young men and women have to serve in the Army. Doesn't the IDF screen for drug use?
They're claiming that by growing in water instead of dirt, the THC content magically jumps. Try to run that theory by any botany majors and watch them laugh in your face.
USFDA approved marijuana . . . coming soon.
Government officials have a talent for telling the most outrageous lies with straight faces.
It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
After all, the Lie is noble!
Hydroponic is all about quality control and is just like a Catholic grade school - you have to keep the females separated from the males.
Jeez, what a pack of bullshit. Do journalists do journalism anymore?
"The drugs effects are lethal: False"
Not if you consider that it causes the need for more munchies, thus lethal to your gut. LOL
Numbers must be wrong. Hydro seems to be selling for $110,000 a kilo, while regular is selling for $133 for a kilo.
What are they teaching journalists?
Miracle Grow can be dangerous in the wrong hands. LOL
This article has to be the worst one I've seen in a while. I guess it was too much trouble for this lazy ass reporter to email some Dutch breeders and get the facts.
To lie like politicians.
Fess up. This really came from Scrappleface or The Onion, right?
Everyone who smokes it will eventually die.
Just like everyone who drinks water will eventually die.
That's what they say, but the little cubes never did much for me for some reason, even in Amsterdam. Smelled good, but that's about it.
Took me a few minutes to figure out they're talking about 'killer weed'.
From the headline, I thought they meant folks were dropping dead.
Hydro is more potent than regular grass.
Hydro does not create hallucinatory effects.
We're in agreement, this article is a absolute joke.
Nancy Reagan taught us everything we need to know about drugs except the street price. The Just Say No to Drugs campaign we were subjected to in 1980's elementary schools, with Nancy's mug all over the campaign, exposed us to more types of illegal drugs, names, doses, actual pills in resin cases, effects, where to buy it, where to steal it, etc. than any individual except the hardest of hardcore junkheads would ever know of in their lives.
Senior police official Yaron Ahrak taught us the street price.
When you expel the Gaza Israelis, and a year later 98% don't have permanent jobs or housing, but they have several decades of hydroponic and greenhouse growing experience, the entrepreneurs will fill the void to get them quick cash.
Memo to Group going to Holy Land:
Forget homicide-bombers! Worry about Israelis armed with killer marijuana!
I worry a lot about Israel and things that happen there, but I have to admit, I never once thought about the drug problem in Israel.
There are plenty of young Israelis who purposefully fail the drug tests to get out of the front line service, the brig in Israel isn't that harsh, and for some preferable to having to kill someone.. And once in the service, the Israelis don't test the lowest grunts for drugs, I walked into a backwater supply depot filled with Russians and Georgians and they were all lit up. Wen you get paid nothing and have to live in some of the barracks the Israelis have, you do whatever you can to escape.
Cheap harsh weed is cheaper than cigarettes in Israel, and since the Russians smoke those harsh Russian cigs, harsh weed is where it's at, so I was told.
You gotta be careful with hash in Amsterdam. The low quality stuff is called "soapbar" and I've read horror stories of people melting LP records and other interesting objects and mixing it in to create fake hash bars. I think the term was called a "Pakistani headache" for the effect of smoking melted records...
Fresh from the pages of the LA Times Circa 1980....
Mostly lies, and it's certainly NOT lethal...doesn't cause kidney damage and doesn't cause high blood pressure beyond being under the immediate influence.
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What a load of bull$h!t!
Pakistani hash was always pretty low-grade. Look for "Temple Ball" hash. Zowee! Of course I just heard that somewhere! I really wouldn't know..........
Not if it's Zeppelin, man.
You got me there.
I've always thought that anyone shirking military service in Israel was a social pariah and that honorable service in the IDF was an essential to rising in Israeli society.
Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol or tobacco.
Of all those who have used marijuana, 9% have at some point become dependent; the corresponding figures for alcohol and tobacco are 15% and 33%.
How long have you been smoking it?
I haven't used it in well over ten years. How long have you been using alcohol and/or tobacco?
Death Pot sounds bad but it's not nearly as bad as Dihydrogen Monoxide!
Next we'll be hearing malt liquor referred to as "death beer".
Stay away from the nasty stuff, it has a 100% mortality rate among users!