At least five hash oil explosions have erupted in California over the past month while residents were using butane to extract “honey” oil from marijuana. The worst fire occurred in Walnut Creek on Halloween, when a 4-unit apartment building went up in flames. The entire street was affected, and a total of 12 apartment units were uninhabitable after the fire was put out.
On Tuesday, two men and one woman were arrested in Arroyo Grande, after detectives served a search warrant for a home with a butane honey oil conversion lab. A 10-month old baby was found sleeping on a mattress surrounded by marijuana, pipes and broken glass. There was also a 12-year old and a 15-year old in the home.
The most recent hash oil fire happened Wednesday night in Muscoy, San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles. One man died and another man and a woman are in critical condition. It was the 6th event involving a marijuana lab in that county this year. The LA Times reported 20 hash oil explosions happened in San Diego County within one 14-month period of 2013-2014.
In truth, hash oil labs have replaced meth labs as the most dangerous drug manufacturing process in the US during this decade. The worst hash oil explosion occurred a year ago in Bellevue, WA.
Making BHO is becoming increasingly popular because VAPE PENs are now available. Tiny, potent “dabs” are put in the vape pens and go undetected because they don’t leave a smell or emit smoke. While marijuana today typical has 10-18% THC, the psychoactive element to bring the high, hash oil has up to 50-80% potency for a quicker, more lasting high.
“Honey,” “wax”, “dabs,” “budder,” “BHO,” “710,” “earwax,” and “shatter” are common terms for this trendy way to use marijuana. Makers follow online instructions, some shown on videos. Butane is the most popular way to make it, but not the only flammable product used.
Two men burned in Ukiah from a hash oil explosion on November 4. They had to be flown by helicopter to the hospital. The butane ignited when one of the men lit a cigarette, in the shed behind the house. Another hash oil explosion caused an estimated $100,000 to a home in Visalia, near Fresno, a week earlier.
Those who keep advocating for marijuana legalization need to consider the cost of public services for the explosions which mainly occur in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
If we have legalization, we need to think about protecting the children, and if parents who endanger their children with drug usage should lose custody and visitation rights in divorce proceedings. If marijuana is legalized, explosions wouldn’t stop, as the pot promoters like to tell us.
Hash oil explosions happen less frequently on the east coast, and in other parts of the country. However, a hash oil blast in Missoula, Montana, happened in a university housing complex, where a student’s boyfriend was making BHO and endangering her toddler. The man, woman and child had to be treated for injuries. Also in October, a 20-year old boy started a fire in his parents’ house in Jackson, Michigan. He was a medical marijuana cardholder.
We need to ask why many “medical marijuana patients” are so addicted that they ask for these quick highs. Could it be that medical marijuana providers are encouraging addiction to keep them permanently incapacitated? The man in Missoula had been burned previously, yet he continued to make hash oil, illegally. We need to recognize how addictive this marijuana extract is!
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