A worker harvests cannabis plants at a medical marijuana plantation near the northern town of Nazareth, Israel May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo
Armed-thieves appear to have made a mistake during the robbery of a marijuana growery in San Diego, Calif., making off with several bags of weed that “won’t get them high.”
The robbers broke into 151 Farmers, a marijuana and food farm, Saturday and held-up an employee at gunpoint. Surveillance video shows three masked men, one carrying a gun, walking in through the rear entrance of the store. The men allegedly threatened an employee and tied the person up before stealing several large bags of marijuana, reports FOX 5.
The marijuana they escaped with is medical grade cannabis that does not contain any THC, the compound that gives users a high.
“I’m sure much later they’ll find out that these are non-psychoactive plant materials that won’t get them high,” Darryl Cotton, president of 151 Farmers, told FOX 5. “They were designed for patients.”
Cotton arrived at the growing facility while the robbery was taking place. He ran out of the store and called the police after opening the door and seeing his employee tied up. Police said the robbers escaped in two separate vehicles, including a Chevrolet rental van. No one was injured.
Cotton said the stolen marijuana is organically grown over a period of three months for patients using it as a replacement for painkillers.
“It’s hard for us to survive losses like that,” Cotton told FOX 5. “Ultimately, they’re stealing from the medical patients, because you know if they’re off of opioids and they’re on a more organic regime, they need that on a regular basis.”
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