The DEA’s 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary lists marijuana as making up only 7% of the country’s drug threat for the second year in a row. Cannabis came dragging up the rear behind cocaine, controlled prescription drugs, heroin, and methamphetamines.
Though the document actually marks cultivation of marijuana as on the rise in the country, and calls weed “the most widely available and commonly abused illicit drug in the United States,” the document makes the point that cannabis is no longer a top priority for the agency.
Since the document highlights all possible threats and points of interest for members of the DEA, it does however highlight some dangers for agents and the public at large involving cannabis. Those include cool-sounding booby traps including “hidden nails, bear traps, and explosives” at grow sites, a rise in THC potency, and a section on concentrates and extraction processes.
Not surprisingly, this section centers on the boom in popularity of concentrates across the country as well as the “most common, and potentially most dangerous, method” of extraction, butane-based blasting.
The agency’s major concern involving edibles is their danger to children, noting that most edibles take on kid-friendly foods like gummies, chocolate, and cookies, and that a spike has been observed in children under 5 being treated for marijuana edible ingestion in some regions of Colorado.
As for that list of drug threats, there was an upset this year as methamphetamines took the lead as the biggest drug threat in America, dethroning controlled prescription pills, which dropped to third place behind meth and heroin.