With all the hysteria over BHO and extraction-related explosions, finding a government organization with an even-keeled, even respectful attitude toward concentrate regulations is a sight for sore eyes. Though Colorado Springs is tightening its restrictions on hash oil extraction, it’s doing so without the usual knee-jerk “endangering our children” rhetoric. It almost sounds like they know what they’re talking about.

While other officials and medical authorities have referred to dabbing and manufacturing wax as an “epidemic” and as dangerous as a bomb, here’s how Colorado Springs Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Brett Lacey described the issue when speaking with local TV station KKTV: “… we find people becoming very creative, but not necessarily being intimately familiar with the science that’s involved. And so as mistakes happen then that places other people in danger.”

The statement both recognizes the intense intelligence and stupidity that is to be found among extraction artists, respects it, and calls a spade a spade: extraction can be dangerous. That kind of rational understanding of a problem seems to be infused in Colorado Springs’ new hash oil ordinance.

In the state of Colorado as a whole, butane extraction is already a legal no-no unless you meet certain specifications and have been certified by the state government. But butane is not the only explosive solvent out there. That’s where the blasting “creativity” Marshal Lacey referred to comes in. Other chemicals like hexane and propane can be still be used with a similar potential for explosivity.

So, the CSFD’s new ordinance will outlaw the use of any combustible or flammable liquid, flammable gas or compressed flammable gas as an extraction solvent. The blanket rule is not dissimilar from California state law, which outlaws the use of any chemical solvents. Like California, a solvent like isopropyl alcohol which is technically flammable sort of hangs on the bubble between legality and illegality.

But unlike California law, the Colorado Springs ordinance only restricts the use of these solvents in a residential neighborhood, reducing the danger to bystanders while still allowing extraction artists to do their thing.

“So what we’re trying to do is say, ‘Look, we understand through the amendment that you can process your marijuana and make hash oil, we’re just saying please do it in safer methods,'” Lacey told KKTV.

While some governments have chosen to shoot down blasters, Colorado Springs has opted instead to give them a slap upside the head, which seems a more reasonable solution. Maybe others will follow suit.


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