A new way to process butane hash oil is being pushed in the media this week. FlexMOD Solutions showed up at the Las Vegas Marijuana Business Conference & Expo last week with a new product: pre-fabricated, pre-packaged extraction lab, pre-certified for compliance in every state that allows hash oil manufacture. It’s called a “turnkey solution” because after you get it almost all you have to do to have it up and running is turn the key.
Great for newbies, sounds great for blasters too lazy or dumb to learn the complex and dangerous arts of BHO extraction. But, like Aldo Ray said to Hans Landa: “We hear a story too good to be true… it ain’t.”
And FlexMOD does sound too good to be true. But maybe this is that exception to the rule. FlexMOD could be the genuine article. If it is, it certainly untangles some complications in the increasingly regulated world of cannabis extraction. Years ago, all blasters were outlaws. Now many are legit (or legit-ish) business people.
States are also getting more sophisticated with their concentrate laws. “In Oregon, as of January 1, if your operation is not in compliance with state public safety regulations working with volatile gases — butane, hexane, any of these gases that can create hydrocarbon gas — you are going to be out of business,” Dano Keys, CEO and Founder of FlexMod Solutions, told The Marijuana Times, though he might have been overstating the case a smidge. It’s unlikely that Oregon will have a full coordinated attack on all blasters on the first of next year, but we’ll see.
The Marijuana Times points out that both Colorado and California have updated their extraction compliance standards recently as well. Not only does FlexMOD promise a high-quality, computerized, ventilated, spark-proof, room for extraction, it also comes with a form of certification, or at least it sounds like it does. “We have a third-party engineering peer review, essentially a white paper, that says it meets the strict guidelines of a true Class 1 Division 1 environment recognized by all the states,” Dano said. “The third-party engineering peer review is designed to educate officials on universal safety compliance.”
Dano says the module is expensive, though we couldn’t find a specific price on the company website. “The components that are built into these labs, are very expensive and getting them engineered to work together in this system is difficult,” he says. Whatever it is, it’s a little out of our price range, so we haven’t tested the baby out ourselves. If you try it, let us know what’s up.
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