A Briton and his Filipina live-in partner were arrested after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives yesterday discovered kush marijuana that are clandestinely being tilled inside their rented house in Subic, Zambales.
Police identified the suspects as Simon Stuart Mclaren Watson, 44, and Rizza Fernandez, 28. Recovered inside their house located at Magdalena Homes Subdivision were about 70 pots of kush plants with an estimated value of P15 million.
Drug charges are being readied against the suspects.
Kush is a variety of the narcotic cannabis indica plant that grows mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India.
Its name was derived from the Hindu Kush mountain range where it was first discovered.
Unlike the common cannabis plants propagated in the country, kush is a dwarf type of marijuana plant, making it more untraceable to authorities. In the Philippines, it is found in Kalinga and Sagada.
The proliferation of kush started in Europe prior to its cultivation in Kalinga. The price varies from 20 to 25 euros per gram.
In the Philippines, it is sold from one million to P1.5 million per kilogram.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said drug rings usually subject kush to manual and mechanical ice process to produce chocolate-like result.
Use of marijuana or dried leaves of cannabis plant is illegal in the country under RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.
However, medical marijuana is allowed as long as the patient with a “life-threatening conditions” obtains a special permit from Food and Drug Authority, as stipulated in the Department of Health Administrative Order 4 s. 1992.
To recall, PDEA operatives in May last year seized similar marijuana hybrids kush and hashish during the implementation of a search warrant in a posh village in Alabang.
These types of drug have the same effects as common marijuana, like euphoria, prolonged feeling of being hungry, increase heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks.