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California Increases Punishment for Butane Hash Oil Production

 

If you’ve been following along at home – its apparent that extraction of concentrates from the cannabis flower is a huge trend in the industry, and will more than likely become as big of a business as growing in the next few years. However, the process has seen some rough times in terms of gaining acceptance with the law.

Currently, butane extraction is the most widely preferred method of extracting, and recently, the pioneer of legal marijuana in the US (California), took a step backwards, and made this process even MORE punishable.

Perhaps the main reason here is some of the inflated press about people extracting concentrates with butane at their home, have led to explosions. However these are isolated instances, and probably happen farr less than the amount of fires caused by deep-frying your turkey on Thanksgiving

LA Weekly Reports:

If you’re planning on getting in on the concentrated pot phenomenon by making the stuff at home, you’re probably out of luck.

Gov. Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill that makes it even more of a legal risk to manufacture butane hash oil (B.H.O.) or other concentrated marijuana products—wax, dabs, honey oil, shatter—at home.

The bill says “the use of a volatile solvent to chemically extract concentrated cannabis occurred within 300 feet of an occupied residence or any structure where another person was present” will add an aggravating factor in your case and could add years to sentencing.

That’s if you’re caught and convicted.

In April a suspected grow house in Silver Lake went up in flames after butane canisters inside exploded, authorities said. Concentrated pot has become extremely popular at the city’s numerous dispensaries.

“Not only is BHO or methamphetamine manufacturing illegal, but it is an extremely dangerous and highly volatile activity that can result in large explosions, causing extreme bodily injury, death and property damage,” Mendoza said today.

Makers of concentrates could face a range of three to seven years behind bars under current law. Mendoza’s bill would force judges to consider sentences that are closer to seven years when the stuff is made near occupied residences.

The bill also strengthens sentencing in cases where methamphetamine is made in residential areas.

His office said in a statement that concentrate and meth labs are bad for our neighborhoods:

Illegal clandestine BHO and methamphetamine manufacturing poses a significant risk to neighborhoods. The labs are extremely dangerous. The chemicals used in the manufacturing process create substantial risk of explosions, fires, chemical burns, and toxic fume inhalation; these risks extend well beyond the walls of the lab itself, placing people and property in harm’s way.

Should you worry that this this going to pare down the selection of concentrates at your local pot shop? Probably not. Many get the stuff from professionally run labs anyway.

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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