Colorado may legalize, regulate at-home hash oil production

With an increase in home explosions due to hash oil production in recent years, Colorado may place greater restrictions on the manufacturing process.

As recently reported by CBS News, the state of Colorado is dealing with a potentially dangerous side effect of marijuana legalization, in the form of residents blowing up their homes while making highly concentrated hash oil. According to the news report, these explosions have close to tripled in Colorado since 2012, when voters approved the legal use of marijuana across the state.

This has become a tricky issue for law enforcement officials, however, as the simple fact that an explosion has occurred does not mean that any crime has been committed - at least not according to current state law. However, the prevalence of these accidents in recent years has promoted public officials to take another look at how the state should regulate at-home hash oil production, citing it as a public safety issue.

Current laws on hash oil production

It is important to note that, while the recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, manufacturing hash oil at home generally is not. Some are calling on the state to legalize the practice, but also closely regulate it, which they believe will make the process safer for everyone involved.

For now, the only people who may manufacture hash oil legally are licensed commercial marijuana producers, which need to use safe laboratory methods to manufacture the substance. One way state officials are considering cracking down on at-home production is by limiting the availability of bulk butane, a necessity to the hash oil manufacturing process. Similar measures have been taken to restrict cold medicines in efforts to reduce meth production in Colorado and across the country.

Hash oil has been one of the major points of contention ever since Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2012. As cited by the Seattle Times, marijuana experts predict that concentrated extracts, found in baked goods and other food products, will eventually be the most common way for individuals to consume legal pot.

In addition to the hazards associated with the manufacturing process, hash oils are often very strong, with some varieties containing up to 70 percent THC - the chemical in the drug that gives users a "high."

Tighter regulations on the way?

Although marijuana has been legal for more than two years in Colorado, the state is still figuring out how to regulate different aspects of the manufacturing process, especially when it comes to concentrated hash oils. With home explosions and other public safety issues getting significant news coverage, it's possible that there will be more restrictions placed on hash oil production, which may impact at-home and licensed producers alike. In addition, there could be greater criminal penalties for those who violate the new or existing regulations.

For more information on the legal aspects of hash oil production, or the state of legalized marijuana in Colorado overall, seek legal guidance. A knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer will keep you informed on your rights and legal obligations.

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