Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis
Over the next year, indoor cannabis cultivation in Hawaii most likely will increase, while outdoor cultivation will continue to trend downward. Growing demand for high-potency marijuana and intensified enforcement efforts on the part of law enforcement will quite likely drive more outdoor cannabis cultivators indoors. Moreover, the enhanced security and controlled growing environment afforded by indoor grow operations will prove to be an added incentive for growers to establish indoor operations.
The threat posed to Hawaii by the trafficking and abuse of ice methamphetamine will not diminish in the near term. Decreased availability in the first half of 2006 led to a simultaneous price spike. Availability has returned to previous levels; however, prices remain slightly higher than presupply shortage levels. Prices will likely remain at this level.