The California State Senate earlier this month voted unanimously to approve a bill that would increase the penalties for butane hash oil and meth amphetamine production in residential neighborhoods.

If signed into law, the legislation will give a judge the ability to tack extra penalties onto an existing manufacturing charge if the manufacturing took place near a residence or school. It would also make such an offense an aggravated felony, which has dire consequences for immigrants found guilty of the crime, affecting both their immigration status and ability to re-enter the country after a deportation.

The bill’s author, State Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Arttesia), says of the bill, “SB 212 strengthens the law and sends a strong message that if you choose to manufacture drugs in our neighborhoods and near schools, you will be severely punished… We need to ensure that our children are safe in the classroom and on the school playground from the threat posed by the manufacturing of illicit drugs.”

Though the bill ostensibly is meant to penalize makers of any controlled substance, the timing might lead one to believe it is more targeted toward BHO extraction than it is toward the manufacture of meth or other drugs. California has seen an uptick in the number of BHO-related explosions and arrests in recent years.

While there is no record of a BHO explosion affecting a school, a butane extraction lab was discovered by authorities last December in a Victorville daycare center, because there are some sucky people out there.

Following its Senatorial success, State Bill 121 will now go onto review by the State Assembly.

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