It blows my mind that people in states that have set up a legal industry to regulate cannabis, still resort to criminal activity and selling on the black market. While legalization has certainly cut back the illegal distribution of cannabis and is definitely hitting the cartel where it hurts, there are still frequent stories of incredibly large busts happening all over the country. Police officers in Clearlake, California discovered thousands of cannabis plants hidden inside of a massive grow house and underground tunnels just earlier this week.
Clearlake police arrested a 37 year old male, Ricardo Perez, that was the only person at the grow house when they swooped in. Obviously they have reason to believe that he was not the only one involved, however they’ve yet to make any more arrests at this time. This was not this guy’s first rodeo either. Apparently he already has a prior felony conviction for possession and sale of marijuana. Police also discovered an illegal firearm on the property, which he will be facing charges for as well. The main residence had around 2,300 cannabis plants growing both inside and outside the location. They also discovered secret tunnels that were being used to dry the cannabis and connect the grow rooms. Plus they discovered plenty of illegal electric connections inside the tunnels. To top it off there was so much mold that the location has been tagged by police because of the unsafe conditions.
This is just another one of many massive cannabis busts that have happened this year, but there has got to be a light at the end of this underground tunnel. I implore anyone that is in a state that’s made an effort to regulate cannabis, to try to play by the rules and make your money legitimately. I understand that until other states jump on board the black market is going to be much more tempting and lucrative, but when there are legal avenues available I find it hard to pity people that are getting in trouble for these kinds of things. If you are in medical or legal state, or just want to get ahead of the game, I strongly recommend that you check out the Cannabis Jobs Board to find a variety of legitimate cannabis careers to start working your dream job today.