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Denver May Ban Homemade Hash Oil

A container full of bubbling homemade hash oil may soon be illegal in Denver.
Photo by Andres Rodriguez

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Denver May Ban Homemade Hash Oil

It may seem like all is well in Colorado for marijuana smokers, but Denver city officials are considering putting an end to one aspect of the cannabis free-for-all that’s been going on in the Centennial State.

Following a series of reports on home explosions related to amateurs making hash oil, Mayor Michael Hancock proposed an amendment to current city codes that would prohibit people from attempting to make hash oil at home. After more than 30 explosions this year, compared to only 11 last year, the state is considering the rash of occurrences a public safety concern.

Law enforcement officials are struggling to find proper punishments for offenses as making hash oil is actually covered under the provisions of the law, which allow residents to process marijuana plants — including producing hash oil which typically requires a compressed, highly-flammable gas like butane, methane or hexane to create. For now, offenders are being charged with arson.

The Denver City Council’s Safety and Well-Being Committee will begin discussing the proposal on Sept. 16. Under the new regulations, licensed manufacturers will still be allowed to produce hash oil under strict guidelines. Unlicensed residents will still be allowed to produce water hash, butter and other food-based extracts. If the ordinance passes, violators will have to pay up to $999 in fines and may face as much as a year in jail.

Do you think the state should ban people from making hash oil in their homes? Why or why not? Let us know what you think in the comments.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Alexandra York

    October 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Now I’m all for legal recreational use of MMJ, and I have been working very hard to be heard in New Mexico for legal recreational use, but when given what you ask for, you can’t abuse that right!! If making the production of homemade hash oil will put an end to endangering neighborhoods and other people from EXPLOSIONS, then so be it. It is legal and available in stores for a reason!! If you can’t afford it, than you either don’t need to be smoking, or you need to get a job. If you think you really need it, then that’s what the doctors are for. You’ll get prescribed a recommended dose needed for your problem. Please don’t abuse this beautiful right we’ve all worked so hard for to get. I’m a recreational smoker myself, but I’m not looking to ruin the fun for everybody! Play it smart, safe, and fair, and spread the 420 love without killing everybody!! 🙂

  2. carl

    September 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    wtf is so hard about doing it outside?
    that picture looks like a nasty trim run.

  3. Damian

    September 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I ont think it should b out lawed I think a law prohibiting the use of flamable susbstances would b best hash oil can b made with micro screens and ice water though the process takes a little longer it is safer so why do away with it completely thats the same backwards thinking that got cannabis out lawed in the beginning

    • Alexandra York

      October 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Marijuana is flammable. Hence why it’s smokable. Outlawing “flammable substances” would outlaw 98% of things we use everyday. Just sayin.. lol

  4. Aaron

    September 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Sure they should be allowed… This “rash” of explosions is greedy people moving into Denver (CO) thinking they can cash-in, and make a quick buck off our booming new industry. However, speed usually brings mistakes (explosions) and with those mistakes, peoples lives are at risk – so these moe-moes that are not taking EVERY precaution necessary to produce hash oil should be punished with attempted murder!

    maybe then they’ll put a bit more thought into their lil money making scheme before putting lives at risk…?

  5. daddyo

    September 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Yes ban homemade. Dirty dab labs are bad for your health. Unless properly trained and certified.

  6. Aj

    September 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    It’s wrong to end it, regulate how they make it.

  7. Dean

    September 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    No. They’re just creating new charges to raise revenue. Arson is the only legitimate charge. Making one’s own hash oil isn’t an act in the nature of a crime. Arson is. It’s the destruction of other people’s property.

  8. Brenda Spencer

    September 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Gov.City and state will always have to screw everything up! If stupid peoplexburn there sek vessel up so be it.if they live im sure you can pin something on them if you legalize something step back! Your job is done.just because its legal to buy asprin should we put all these restrictions and go in and start changing wording because the stupid jackals wants to swallow a bottle to end life.Or discontinue antifreeze because you can kill people and animals without their knowledge. How about insulin? It’s a script med no restrictions but kills leaving no evedence. Get the picture?

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