This is another EXCLUSIVE and a crime I warned about in previous blog postings when the City of Victoria began allowing medical marijuana outlets. This is an unregulated industry in Victoria. Because of the nature of the product being sold it is certain to attract opportunistic criminals as well as organized crime. This will come in the form of motorcycle gangs and other gangs. Therefore, the headline Langford Med. Marijuana Supplier Burgled should come as no surprise to readers of this blog.
Heard on the street and verified
This is information that I heard from street sources and verified through further investigations. This happened in the last few days, and similar crimes will continue to occur, as I have predicted in the past. Perhaps there have already been other similar, unreported, crimes in the past, maybe robberies or burglaries that were not even reported to the police. I don’t know. All I can tell you with certainty is that it is a crime that is guaranteed to occur when you are talking about unregulated drugs. It makes no difference whether those drugs are marijuana or harder drugs such as fentanyl.
This particular burglary can NOT be chalked up as “just another burglary” because of what was stolen. So why did I have to go to street sources in Victoria to learn of a drug theft in Langford? I guess it is possible that RCMP was never told of the burglary or of the “drug side” of the burglary. I know that if I was involved in what, at best, is a quasi-legal business, I would be very hesitant to give “full disclosure”, if any disclosure what-so-ever to the police.
I must also consider that we never heard about this crime because it involved using the words “drugs” and “Langford” in the same sentence. Those are two topics which Mayor Stew Young does not like being linked together because doing so reminds people of the Langford gang problem and of Langford’s position in the Vancouver Island drug chain. A special warning to you, “Just because the Langford gangs also deal in more heavy duty drugs, do not think for a minute that they overlook marijuana. It is an extremely valuable commodity to them”.
Why was this specific residence targeted?
There are two theories one might entertain.
- Theory One, the residence was burgled specifically for the marijuana and marijuana supply records, and the iPads and personal electronics were just bonus finds.
- Theory Two, the residence was burgled at random hoping to find something of value to sell for drugs, and the marijuana and marijuana supplier records were just a bonus.
I am not a big believer in coincidence, especially when it involves drugs. So I believe this was a targeted burglary, as opposed to just a random choice. And I believe that the burglar(s) knew the business owner, knew the business owner’s dealings, and therefore, that the burglar(s) watched the residence and did the crime when it was known that the business owner was not home, or perhaps, even knew he would be away.
Let’s discuss again the medical marijuana industry as it exists today on Vancouver Island.
The idea of marijuana being used as a medicine is widely talked about. It almost seems to be a mission of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, Cable News Network Medical Consultant. There can be no rational debate as to whether or not marijuana has a medicinal value. The empirical data is absolutely compelling and unquestionable. This is especially true when marijuana treatment is used to control certain types of pain control and seizures. As well it seems effective in the treatment of other chronic diseases. It is a fact; marijuana has the ability to favorably alter the quality of life for many individuals. These truths about marijuana are recognized, begrudgingly, by Health Canada and even by the somewhat paranoid FDA, Food and Drug Administration in the United States.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. “It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body“, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
“Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. THC attaches to these receptors and activates them and affects a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception“, according to NIDA.
“THC is one of many compounds found in the resin secreted by glands of the marijuana plant. More of these glands are found around the reproductive organs of the plant than on any other area of the plant. Other compounds unique to marijuana, called cannabinoids, are present in this resin. One cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive“, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “and actually blocks the high associated with THC“.
Because of criminal involvement in the sale of marijuana for recreational use, marijuana is mired in misery, steeped in violence and surrounded by death. From that standpoint alone, it is not a harmless drug. This criminal involvement is now an equal threat to the medical marijuana industry itself.
Motorcycle gangs and ethnicity based gangs dominate the pot scene.
For at least the last decade motorcycle gangs, and more recently, ethnicity based gangs have dominated the marijuana business, along with the other controlled drugs here in Canada. They have accomplished that domination through violence, through brutality and through murder. BC Bud, as it is called, has long been a sought after commodity because of its potency (high levels of THC).
The cross border trade in marijuana and guns
The various gangs smuggle their marijuana south of the border to the U.S. There they trade it for cocaine and weapons which they then smuggle back to Canada. Here they sell their cocaine at a high profit margin because the even trade, ounce for ounce, of BC Bud for cocaine creates a very large profit margin.
The guns? They use those to control the drug trade.
These are the gangs that Stew Young’s policies have invited to Langford. They are being allowed to entrench themselves into that municipality because Stew keeps sending its citizens false hopes. He does so by challenging their presence with bylaw infractions instead of working with other municipalities to institute a policing model that might actually succeed in staving off much of the coming violence there.
Gangs are seizing control of the medical marijuana industry
For at least the past year, I am personally aware that gangs have been actively buying up and/or otherwise taking over the licenses of individuals who have the right to grow marijuana for their own personal, medical use. By combining the yield from those licenses, and also by forcing individual licensees to grow more than they are permitted, these gangs are infiltrating and taking over the medical marijuana trade. They are converting what was originally a compassionate, but ill conceived program, into an organized criminal enterprise.
Was this not predictable?
What did our government think was going to happen when it began licensing individuals to grow weed? Did they really believe that there are enough police to go out and visit every individual licensee on a regular basis to ensure that each licensee is in compliance with regulations?
Gangs goals in the production of pot versus medical goals
Let us look at two simple, yet undeniable, facts:
- As we learned earlier, two of the main active properties of pot are found in THC, the psychoactive chemical that produces a high, and in CBD, the chemical principally responsible for the physical, medical benefits thereof. Thus, the ideal strain of pot for medical use would be one low in THC and high in CBD.
- Far more individuals use pot for recreational purposes than use it for medical purposes.
Since gangs are in the business of maximizing their illegal profits no matter the misery they create for society, and since, by far, the largest number of pot buyers comes from the recreational users side of the spectrum, instead of from medical users, do you think that the gangs would prefer to produce and sell a marijuana strain high in THC, the psychoactive ingredient, or high in CBD, the physioactive and curative ingredient?
Gangs are selling pot to the plethora of “supposed” medical marijuana dispensaries that sprout like weeds in Vancouver and Victoria. They will continue to do so unless some sanity is brought to the medical marijuana industry. These dispensaries are selling pot with the exact opposite properties of what is medically needed because it is gang produced pot.
Would you fill your prescriptions at a pharmacy which buys its medicine supplies from a criminal organization? Would you use medicine that is produced to give the exact opposite effects of what you need?
This is precisely what Vancouver is already openly doing for a licensing fee and what Victoria is allowing, but doing de facto. It is absolute insanity.
As I write this blog posting, there are 25 commercially licensed pot growers in Canada and gang activity is already having a negative impact on their businesses. Why are we allowing criminal organizations to threaten legitimate businesses?
One of Nanaimo’s largest employers just laid off some 1/3 of its staff
Tilray, a leading supplier of medical marijuana, although the news article quoted herein from CBC does not specify the illegal supplying of marijuana to its customer base, I have it on reliable inside information that that is precisely the reason for the layoffs cited in the news article. In fact, a careful reading of that news article certainly lends itself to such a conclusion when it says, “…serve patients and the MMPR market as it exists today…”
“One of Vancouver Island’s largest medical marijuana growing companies announced Thursday it is laying off 61 employees. Tilray opened its Nanaimo facility in 2014 and at its peak employed nearly 200 people, giving it a high profile as a major employer in the region.”
“The company insists the layoffs will not have any impact on the thousands of patients we serve”, according to a statement from Tilray CEO Greg Engel. “Tilray is making changes to our operating model to more efficiently serve patients and the MMPR market as it exists today,” Engel wrote.
“Tilray is well-capitalized and confident in our long-term business strategy, and we are operating more efficiently than ever before.“
Think about this also
Organized crime, in the form of gangs involved in the medical marijuana business, is already costing Nanaimo legitimate business. It is business that will likely never return. This is because those shops buying from the gangs will not be allowed by the gangs to take their business elsewhere.
The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is absolutely correct. Although that legalization must come through our federal government and the road to that legalization must be well planned and well built. Otherwise we are funding the coffers of organized crime and sending the wrong message to our youth.