DEA is burning a ton of marijuana each two hours — Quartz


The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is seeking for an Arizona contractor to incinerate marijuana at a price of 1,000 pounds an hour in between March and September, according to a newly issued contracting notice from the DEA’s Houston Division.

Place a different way, 16,000 ounces of bud will be going up in smoke each 60 minutes, which is 32,000 half ounces 64,000 quarters 128,000 eighths or the equivalent of about 896,000 half-gram joints. The weed will be transported from 12 cities in Texas to an incinerator in Tucson.

Most of the marijuana will be in the type of “tightly compressed ‘bricks’ or ‘bales,’ normally weighing in between 40 and 60 pounds. Packaging will involve, amongst other points, cardboard Saran Wrap aluminum foil duct, scotch, and packing tape plastic proof bags and wrapping paper (!).

“The integrity of the destruction procedure shall be such that the material to be destroyed can not be redirected or retrieved after it is committed to destruction,” the DEA notice says. The pot ought to be destroyed “to a point exactly where there are no detectable levels, as measured by common analytical strategies, of byproduct from the destruction procedure. DEA shall inspect the incinerator to assure no drug residue remains.”

There will be DEA personnel present at each and every burn, as properly as closed circuit cameras at the facility recording each step of the procedure. The DEA “reserves the proper to access the video feed as important to assure the correct destruction of its drugs and security of its representatives.”

The agency demands that the place have a fence tall sufficient to stop onlookers from watching the burn procedure, and that all workers involved undergo a background verify and yearly drug tests.

The DEA currently has a contractor in thoughts, according to the agency: as the notice says, “This is anticipated to be a sole supply award to Tucson Iron &amp Metal,” which is the only vendor in close sufficient proximity to the Texas towns of McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and Eagle Pass, exactly where the confiscated cannabis is presumably stored.

Similarly, the Atlanta field workplace of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is seeking for an incinerator capable of burning in between 1,500 and five,000 pounds of drugs at a time, eight to 12 occasions a year, according to a lately issued solicitation. The menu will be slightly additional varied, which includes marijuana, hashish, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, steroids, opiates, and khat.

Cocaine, heroin, and meth burns ought to attain 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit to be viewed as totally destroyed, says the CBP tender. The other individuals only want to attain 1,500 degrees, it advises.

Even though marijuana has been legalized in one particular type or a different in 33 states and Washington, DC, it is nonetheless illegal beneath federal law.

Study the complete text of the DEA contracting notice right here:


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