It was bound to happen. If there is big money to be made there will be big investment.
There is plenty of coverage about how growing Mary Jane has gone from sneaking a few plants in with your tomatoes or growing them out in the woods. Farming weed has become big business.
So has processing it into balms, extracts and the like. This plant just outside Oakeelokka, California produces over 800 barrels a day of pure extract. The extracts are repackaged into tiny 1 and 2 gram sizes for the consumer.
1 barrel can produce about 80,000 grams of extract generating an incredible profit margin.
The plant also does a brisk business synthesizing phenols for the plastic industry.