Exactly two years ago today a hash oil explosion in Bellevue destroyed 10 apartment units just outside of Seattle. Three men started the fire at 6:20 a.m. by using butane to extract the hash oil from marijuana. One hundred police and fire fighters were called to battle the fire which lasted several hours and injured seven.
Despite this extensive damage and the use of 100 police and fire attendants at the scene, the sheriff of King County, Washington made television commercials in favor of Oregon’s Measure 91, the 2014 ballot to legalize marijuana in Oregon. It passed. Interesting!
Nan Campbell, former mayor of Bellevue died in the fire after suffering from a broken pelvis. Other residents ended up with broken bones, after jumping out of 2nd and 3rd story windows. Originally it was thought that the injuries were not life-threatening, but Campbell died. Continue reading Bellevue’s Massive BHO Fire: Two Year’s Later→
Some of the news items of the event have removed information about marijuana. In the meantime, a Lieutenant Governor Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Committee came out with a report on how to regulate marijuana, using the assumption that marijuana must be made legal. Legalization is not working in Washington and Colorado
For the state of Washington, we’ve tracked 15deaths in which marijuana was a direct causal factor, since marijuana possession became legal. In 3more deaths, it’s likely that pot was a contributing cause. Here’s the tally beginning December, 5, 2012:
3 teens killed in crash by student driver high on marijuana 5 pedestrian deaths in Vancouver, WA 5 deaths in a school shooting including the gunman 2 neighbors died after hash oil explosions 2 shooting deaths for robbing a marijuana grow. 1 motorcyclist killed by a stoned driver
The state’s major newspaper is clearly disillusioned with marijuana in Washington, even though it supported Initiative-502 back in 2012. The editorial implied that the medical and recreational regulation should be integrated, calling the legislature’s failure to do so “abysmal.” At last, Seattle’s mayor issued a plan to regulate medical marijuana, but it probably doesn’t have much teeth. Continue reading Washington’s Marijuana Policies Still Chaotic→