Concentrated marijuana, created by cooking marijuana leaves in a cylinder soaked with butane, is a dangerous new trend that has the authorities in Minnesota worried.
The wax created from the process contains two to six times the amount of THC as normal marijuana. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active ingredient in marijuana and is responsible for most of the psychological effects.
The process of creating the marijuana wax has been linked to a fire and explosion in St. Cloud in November. Sally Douglas, 85, died of smoke inhalation from the fire. Two men have been charged with third-degree murder over the death. The men, Dustin Zablocki and Justin Pick claimed, “they were cooking cannabis oil in the basement when their hotplate ignited butane gas.”
The process makes butane hash oil, which is then used with a bong or electronic cigarettes to give a stronger high than regular marijuana cigarettes. Making marijuana wax is a dangerous process that uses butane to extract the THC. Butane fumes can fill the area where the wax is being made and any spark can set off an explosion.
The rash of fires caused by wax production has supporters of marijuana legalization calling for more government regulation to make it easier to get marijuana wax, which also known as shatter or dabs.
“If law enforcement is serious about the dangers of people making hash oil in basements, they should support a legalized industry,” said Marcus Harcus, director of the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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