cannabis culture has long been rooted in the underground
or black market as we will refer to it. It has long
been taboo to discuss sources, connections, people and
advice. These were closely guarded secrets, though far
Growers held their strains and growing techniques in
vaults much like the modern day corporations holds its
trade secrets and recipes. You canít get the recipe from
Coke to make your own. This ensured that the
grower/distributer held the reputation and market to a
specific product (ie: Purple Kush, Crippler, etc.).
This was early black market marketing.
know from experience that the best growers and black
market scientists never wrote a book. These individuals
are the max at being reclusive. These are the
underground cave dwellers. They know better than anyone
the value of good security. These people have nothing to
say to the public in regards to strains and techniques.
Even the most outgoing of these types of individuals
will take their knowledge to the grave, rather than
chance any exposure to the powers that be.
Most distribution is actually done through the High
School aged individuals. This does not bode well for
Public Relations on the black marketers, but I have
found it to be true. Perhaps it is the unwritten code
that the young individuals are more enthusiastic and
trustworthy than older adults. They are not the largest
consumer I believe, just a huge part of the distribution
cycle of the black market.
When 9/11 went down, Mexican cartels found that growing
here in the US was much easier than fording over the
border with kilos of product. All they need now is a
few workers, seeds and a patch of California forest. We
also have other organized groups such as the Asian and
Russian gangs that are renting homes and turning them
into grows. Many of these gangs have come down from
Canada. This attack is happening from both our borders.
I can tell you many stories of the Old Boy network right
here in the US. Pot has always been a cash crop, even
for the American Farmer.
There is no doubt about it, Marijuana is big business.
It has held its value better than gold for many years.
The best part about it is that it is a consumable,
meaning that it needs to be replaced often; not like a
gold ring that lasts for years.
The Effect of Medical
Marijuana on the Black Market