By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

Most people think of coffee when they hear the name, “Kona” and would probably think that Kona Gold is a strain of coffee if they were asked what it was.

 

That would be pretty far from the truth since “Kona Gold” is a strain of potent marijuana which has probably been grown in Hawaii since the 1960s. It’s famous throughout the world as being one of the best strains of marijuana ever!

 

And yes, it’s also illegal in the state with jail time and fines possibly applied if you’re caught possessing it, with the exception of medical marijuana used to alleviate certain medical diseases. For example, the possession of more than an ounce to a pound (28g-454g) can get you a one-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $2,000.

 

Since it’s illegal, the growers take extreme steps to hide it, since getting caught with a large amount over 25 pounds is a felony which can bring jail time of up to 20 years and a fine of $50,000 to the person caught with the marijuana.

 

The areas around plots of marijuana are often booby-trapped and I recall finding trip wires and other traps when I worked for the State’s College of Ag visiting remote farms as an advisor.

 

コナ・ゴールド

 

『コナ』を聞くと、一般の人の頭には有名なコナ・コーヒーが浮かんできます。従って、「コナ・ゴールドとは何ですか」と聞けば、自然にそれがコナ・コーヒーの1つの品種と想像するでしょう。

 

現実はほど遠いです!コナ・ゴールドというのは1960年代頃からコナに栽培されてきた強力な大麻草です。世界中に最高な大麻種として有名。

 

それから、ハワイ州法では、違法薬物にはなっています。薬用の使用以外は禁じられているし、薬用の許可書を持っていない場合は、28g-454gの所有では1年間の実刑判決または2,000ドルの罰金判決に処されます。

 

違法薬物なので栽培者は栽培地隠しには極度の注意を払います。25ポンド(11.3kg)の所有では実刑判決20年または50,000ドルの罰金が待っています。

 

栽培地周辺にはブービートラップがよく仕掛けられており、ハワイ州の農業学部の仕事をしていた頃、人里離れた畑訪問時に何回も仕掛け線などを発見した覚えがあります。

By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

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English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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