Yahoo News – by CHRIS R. MURPHY and GEOFF MARTZ
While Drug Enforcement Administration agents in California are cracking down on the popular new drug known as “wax,” people in Colorado are rushing to embrace it.
Wax, the ultimate distillation of marijuana, is so potent that it is said a single hit will keep a person high for more than a day.
“There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does,” an undercover DEA informant who asked to remain anonymous told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
Making the drug is risky. Butane, a substance so flammable that any spark can set off an explosion, is used to strip out the THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets a person high. But law enforcement says the process of making wax is not the only thing dangerous about it.
“We have seen people have an onset of psychosis and even brain damage from that exposure to that high concentration of THC,” said Gary Hill, assistant special agent in charge at the DEA’s San Diego office. “Our concern is that this is going to spread before we get it under control.”
But a thousand miles away, in Colorado, wax is legal. Anyone over 21 can walk into a recreational marijuana dispensary and buy it right off the shelf. There’s even a three-day contest, named the X-Cup, held in broad daylight in Denver, to see who can make the most potent batch of the same drug upon which DEA agents are cracking down in California.
The contest also serves as a new kind of trade show for budding entrepreneurs trying to position themselves in the new legal wax marketplace, and they come from all walks of life. “Nightline” met some of the contestants in November at the first annual X-Cup hosted by Thurlow Weed.
“I don’t smoke like those guys in there either, to be honest with you,” Brodie Hill told “Nightline.”
Hill moved his whole family from Texas to Colorado to try to get into the wax business. His wife, Melissa Sled, uses the products her husband makes.
“It’s a mom-and-pop business,” Sled told “Nightline.”
Emily Rodriguez and Selena Salazar were the only two women to enter the X-Cup. The two hoped to make their mark on the wax industry by winning the competition.
“We do this outside because we don’t want it to explode,” Emily Rodriguez told “Nightline” while making a batch. “We don’t want to blow ourselves up.”
Jay Hood, who was the winner of best THC in the contest, recognized that wax can be dangerous.
“I’ve seen some guys pass out,” Hood told “Nightline.”
But, he added, “The American dream is definitely getting closer and closer. It’s the new gold rush.”
For now, in Colorado, the DEA has decided to allow state-regulated marijuana businesses to operate despite federal law, creating what is sure to be a huge tax windfall for the state.
“We catch ourselves in a rock and a hard place,” Gary Hill, the DEA agent, told “Nightline.” “We want to enforce federal laws, but we have times when state laws make it difficult for us to be able to enforce the federal laws, as well.”
19 thoughts on “Colo. Marijuana Businesses Embrace New Drug at Center of DEA Crackdown in Calif”
That’s just stupid. You CAN have too much and it’ll make you miserable. Whoever is saying this knows nothing about how marijuana really works. This is pure propaganda. The wax has been around forever, is no fun to smoke at all and gives you a high that is too clean for most people and thus, not even a high at all. It is mostly used in edibles where because of the way it’s ingested comes on slower but lasts longer, maybe making it seem like it lasts a whole day. This is pure crap yellow journalism sponsored by homosexual, war mongering, child molesting, media hoaxing, reptilian heroin traffickers. But I’ll spare you what I really think.
I make wax up here in the great white north, but we call it what it really is BHO(butane honey oil). Yes the shit is very potent, avg pot thc lvl ( 15-21% thc) whereas the oil contains 60%+ thc , the stuff will fk you up and i have seen people pass out from the coughing fits it gives you cuz it’s so pure.
That may be true Chris, however not everyones tollerance is the same. For example I have been smoking honey since the 60`s and love every bit of it and I cannot get enough of it. Now days though I cannot afford even the Herb though but have never been one to turn these kinds of products down.
Even lettuce that is broken down into its purest form (black tar) will make you high. I agree, this is all propaganda. The next thing we will undoubtedly hear, is that a mass-shooting was caused by someone high on wax. It will be Reefer Madness all over again.
Our illustrious government doesn’t want competition with its heroin and cocaine distribution business.
Ya mean Lopium Inretrospect? 🙂
Don`t forget nutmeg and mace food spice too. those will get ya real high too.
I like my marijuana though, but these others will get ya high as ya would ever want to be though if that is the kind of high you are looking for.
I have used Lopium, nutmeg and mace before myself though Years and years ago . 🙂
Yes, I think it was called Lettuce Opium. I’m aware of wax also. We called wax “T” but it was usually PCP; THC wax was too expensive to make even if you had an Isomerizer distillation unit… do you remember those contraptions? Bring back the 1970s!
Ha Ha Yes I do Inretrospect. Back then I really wanted one, but never got one.
Now days I am glad I never got one. That dose bring back memories though 😉 .
I believe that I wanted the ISO 2. 😉
yes BHO or ear wax or hash oil. Its nice.
“And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
Sounds like this donkey’s @ss just arbitrarily pulled a number (yes) out of a hat.
No one I know (and I’ve known some hardcore smokers) could smoke half that and remain conscious.
As a matter of fact, I’ll have a friend of mine who has a medical card pick some up, and I’ll take a hit just to prove my point.
That is right #1. Hey #1 take a hit or two for me, appreciate it bro.
I have a tollerance to herb that would blow most people away. I have been told by many Dr.s that if it were legal here in Wi. to prescribe that I definately would be first to be prescribed it and that I do better on high doses of Herb.
True story about me #1
So what do you think, digger?
20 freakin’ joints??? I’ve smoked some top-notch honey oil and the like, back in the day, and NOTHING could be as potent as 20 joints of high grade in just ONE hit.
This bozo’s statement is right up there with that other clown who parroted that bogus story about the 37 people that overdosed and died from pot the first day it was legal in Colorado.
What say you, digger?
Well #1, I guess that those clowns speak for themselves 🙂
I think they should just go back under the rock they have been hiding under and stay there.
Yes #1, some people like those two are just too one sided to be told anything them commie bastards.
Yes #1, I agree with ya about that 20 joints equal one hit, maybe for that clown but that is that clown.
I wish I had what he was smokin` if his was that potent by golly. 😆
Yes #1 you know what I think about those anslinger types – they all suck and do not know the first thing of what they are talkin` about.
Hey #1, remember back in the 60`s when the rehab centers and the drug councelors said that marijuana made a guy go sterile, men will grow tits, and make women grow hair on their back, and other ridiculous crap like that if they smoked marijuana ?? – I remember that like it was yesterday.
Yea my parents believed that crap up like it was gods honest truth they did. 🙁
O.K., digger, I took one for me, and TWO for you.
“…….an undercover DEA informant who asked to remain anonymous told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the wax.”
And THIS clown passes for a credible witness in court???
Took 3 hits of the best crumbles they had. Didn’t quite feel like I’d smoked 60 joints of chronic. In fact, I’ve gotten higher off of ONE joint of top shelf.
I did eat a lot of chocolate though.
Awe man , Thanks #1.
How was the quality of that stuff that is supposed to be so good?
I always have said that there is nothin` that beats a well rolled tasty joint.
Yea, I have been drinkin` a lot of coffee and chocolate lately my self. 😉
Yea #1, I got to find some decent seeds soon for this year. Just do not know if it is a good idea to be ordering from some seed bank ya know. My luck I would have that knock on the door If you know what I mean.
I just do not trust people around my part of the country any more – every one is turning on every one around here.
That’s exactly what they want, digger.
Yes it is too #1, I wish it wasn`t that way.
too many people rolling over on people. Spring and fall time bust ya know #1
Made me cough pretty good, got fairly buzzed, but I’ve had honey oil that seemed more potent, imo.
Awe memories #1 😉