Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Ozark Mountains are alive with the smell of high-quality, expensive weed from Colorado and other states where marijuana is legal and easily available

Noah Hayes Shuler and Aubrynne Russell
Marijuana has become a prime subject here at Legal Schnauzer, thanks mainly to the legal travails of my nephew, Noah Hayes Shuler -- the son of my lawyer-brother David Shuler.

While researching the MJ issue recently, we came across an article about the changing drug culture here in the Missouri Ozarks. It seems the region once was known for low-quality, inexpensive weed that tended to arrive from Mexico. That's not the case anymore, as this article from 2015 explains:

It was only a few years ago when undercover narcotics officers could set up a dealer on the cheap — only $1,000 for a pound of marijuana.

Today, to bust a drug dealer for that same amount of weight, they expect to pay up to six-times that.

Dan Banasik, a Missouri State Highway Patrol supervising sergeant for narcotics, said the Springfield market has been inundated with high-grade marijuana from Colorado and other states where the drug is legal.

“We’ve seen a large increase in that,” Banasik said. “Since it is legal there, I don’t believe the enforcement is as tough.”

Banasik said the marijuana coming from Colorado is a much higher quality than the Mexican weed that was most common in Springfield a decade ago. He said the product from Colorado has much higher levels of THC — the main active ingredient in marijuana — meaning it takes less of the drug to achieve a stronger high.

So, a "Rocky Mountain High" now can be had in the Ozarks. But it comes with extra potency and a serious price hike, both of which could be troublesome for users:

Banasik said the more potent marijuana has driven up the price of the drug in Springfield. But while that may be good news for dealers in town, local experts say the recent infusion of potent marijuana could be trouble.

Mark Wood, chemistry professor at Drury University, said marijuana works by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain. He said those neurotransmitters play a role in just about everything — including fear, pleasure, hunger, smell, vision and pain.

Wood said the higher the THC level in marijuana, the bigger the impact the drug has on those neurotransmitters in the brain.

“Anytime you increase the active ingredient in something, you are going to get a bigger effect,” Wood said. “If there is an addictive effect or a negative effect, it is going to be bigger.”

That takes us back to Noah Hayes Shuler. He lives at the Millwood golf-course community near Ozark, MO, in a house appraised at more than $621,000. That means he likely can afford the good stuff from Colorado, or some other state where MJ is legal.

Colorado weed -- the expensive kind
For his recent possession-of-drug-paraphernalia case, Noah was described in the police report as owner of a rubber MJ pipe and three mostly empty sandwich bags -- all containing marijuana residue. How did all three baggies become empty at the same time? One answer might be that someone dumped the weed in the car when police lights were spotted in the rear-view mirror. A Sparta, MO, cop on the scene did not search the vehicle, driven by Noah's girlfriend (Aubrynne Russell), so we likely will never know.

Here are three other questions, with elusive answers:

* What kind of weed was in Noah's baggies? Was it the expensive kind from Colorado, which now seems to be the rage on the Ozarks scene -- especially among those who can afford it?

* If Noah had been smoking the MJ the officer smelled -- and it was the highly potent kind -- how high was Noah at the time of the traffic stop?

* If all three baggies once were full, that means Noah possessed at least three ounces of weed. Our research indicates that is way more than a casual user typically would have. Whether Noah was using (which the pipe suggests) or dealing (which the three baggies suggest), how much did the weed cost, and where did Noah get it?

Finally, why has Noah's drug case disappeared from the public record at case.net? A reader recently suggested prosecutors might have offered Noah a soft sentence (and a hidden record) if he turned into a confidential informant -- also known as a snitch -- to help nail others on drug charges.

We don't know if that's the case, but it certainly would explain some oddities surrounding Noah's case.


Anonymous said...

So now, you have to be rich to get a high? How sad.

Anonymous said...

How far from Colorado to Missouri?

legalschnauzer said...

Depends on where you start from in either state. If you start at Missouri's western border, there is one state (Kansas) between them. And that's a long, boring drive across Kansas.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils once wrote an excellent song about that drive. It's called "Kansas, You Fooler."

legalschnauzer said...

Forgot to include the words to "Kansas, You Fooler." Here they are, plus URL to video.

Kansas You Fooler
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

With a sky blue
And a cold ground
And a windmill stalled in mid-air
We head across Kansas
On our way home
Colorado, thank you, goodbye

Kansas, you fooler,
You're makin' me smile
'Cause I've never seen you this way before
You sure do look better
When it's this way we're headed
Home sure will feel good to me

But I'm lookin' farther to the girl at my door
With a smile I'm waitin' to see
She makes me feel better
The instant I'm there
I forget about all of my cares
I forget that I'm even there

Ahhha . . .


Anonymous said...

You're nephew as a snitch? Wouldn't surprise me at all if that happened. Would explain the slap on the wrist sentence and the hidden record of his drug offense.

legalschnauzer said...

The snitch idea arose in the comment section of yesterday's post. That sparked a pretty interesting conversation. For those interested, here is the URL:


Anonymous said...

The three baggies suggest Noah was up to something besides being a casual user. I'm sure the prosecutor recognized that, and perhaps decided he would make a worthwhile informant.

Anonymous said...

Love the Daredevils. They still put on a good concert, although two key guys in original band no longer play with them.

Anonymous said...

Sparta, MO, and surrounding area, sounds like quite a little drug den.

Anonymous said...

Somebody dumped weed in the car, and a cop was too stupid or lazy to check for it. This was a possession case, for sure, and maybe a distribution case. Way more than paraphernalia.

Anonymous said...

He ate the weed. That’s why the PoPo could not find it.

Anonymous said...

How much weed did he eat?

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to that creepy little felon, Ali Akbar, the guy Karl Rove was boinking?

legalschnauzer said...

@8:54 --

Akbar and his sleazy fraudsters seem to be in a constant state of agitation. I hear they are riled up right about now -- and they have good reason to be.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny how these "values" Republicans elevate a homo-felon to a position of authority?

Anonymous said...

Not that there's anything wrong with being homo-felon.

Anonymous said...

Ali Akbar got caught on Grindr, so he's not just sort of gay. He's the real McCoy.

Anonymous said...

What kind of poop do you have after you've eaten a bunch of weed?

e.a.f. said...

why do police even bother with weed. its a waste of time and money. spending some time and money dealing with fent. might be a better idea. Of course if they stopped arresting for weed their friends in the private prison industry might not be so happy. Weed has been legalized in a number of American states with no increase in crime, insanity, etc. all the other evil things which were predictated by the anti weed gang.

Later this year weed will be legal all over Canada. Currently weed shops operate all over Greater Vancouver, British Columbia and all is going well. No one ought to be arrested for weed or bongs, etc. waste of money.

Anonymous said...

Are Ali Akbar and Ali Alexander the same person?



legalschnauzer said...

@12:55 --

Yes, they are the same person. Not sure where the Alexander thing comes from. Your link appears to be to a blog that he has been writing. He also is involved with something called @viceandvictory, with emphasis on vice.

Anonymous said...

Good story about Ali A. (Alexander) Akbar and his felonious past . . .


Anonymous said...

Disturbing stuff about Ali Akbar . . .


Anonymous said...

Prest-O Chang-O!

New name for Ali Akbar!

Ali Alexander’s 2017 Year in Review

It’s been a tremendously successful year for both myself, personally, and our country. Last year, I embraced a more populist flare of politics. I am more of a constitutional conservative and didn’t start out on the “Trump train.” Yet, increasing violence from partisan organized mobs, complicity from our media, and confirming that then candidate Donald Trump was surrounding himself with trusted conservatives—friends and colleagues of mine—led me to support Trump. I was planning for a Hillary Clinton victory and my abrupt exit from politics.

Trump wasn’t my hill to die on, resisting the progressive Left’s violence was.

In one of the strangest twists of fate I’ve seen, my friends ended up running the White House and the majorities in Congress. Though, winning, too, has had its challenges.

First person narratives bother me. However, there is no better, more honest way to write about my year in review.

Forgive the “I’s” because it was really a “we” thing that God allowed us to do.

(Da, s Bozh'yey pomoshch'yu my sdelali chudo dlya zakhvatchikov kiski i vsey strany Trump Aloo!)

"I started building the Alexander family, further balancing my life.

I’m changing the name I was born with. It began with my baby brother and it’s something our family is adopting. Sometime in the near future, we will all have the same last name for the first time."

legalschnauzer said...

@8:27 --

Thanks for sharing. He's just a tad full of himself isn't he? Seems convinced people give a crap what he thinks.

What's with the name change, you think? Why is he doing that?