Marijuana: Nederland's pot ordinance would ban making BHO in residential areas
Last week, William Breathes updated us on the efforts by residents of Nederland to come up with their own marijuana ordinance, rather than waiting for the state to do so for them.

The final version of the ordinance is currently circulating, and among the interesting elements of the text are a residential ban against the manufacture of Butane Honey Oil, or BHO, a popular marijuana extract that critics say can be dangerous to use and manufacture.

We asked Rico Colibri, a marijuana activist and member of the Amendment 64 Shadow Task Force, to highlight some aspects of what he calls the ordinance's final version.

Via e-mail, Colibri notes the way the ordinance addresses "out-of-state residents, whether it be purchases and/or cultivation by non-residents." As Breathes has pointed out, the draft regulations call for marijuana in Nederland to be sold in two ways: one for off-site consumption in sealed containers, and the other for on-site consumption. Out-of-state tourists would only be allowed to purchase one gram at a time, and only for on-site consumption.

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Rico Colibri.
"We also try to keep fees like alcohol, locally expanding access to the industry to small business owners," Colibri goes on. In addition, Nederland will allow "certain residential zoning to be licensed as manufacturers/cultivators as long as they pass local inspections. So essentially, caregivers and patients could license their at-home grows." The latter was done "in part because of the rather small size of the town and local culture," he explains.

And, he continues, "we also address the dangerous manufacture of BHO in residential zoning."

True enough: Here's the language from the current draft:

It shall be unlawful for any person to extract marijuana concentrates using any industrial-grade solvents such as but not limited to butane, diethyl ether, hexane, naphtha, petroleum ether, propane or natural gas or super-critical CO2 on any property zoned residential unless authorized by a special review use pursuant to section 2-684 of this article.
Why such caution? Because of the potential for fire. Take the explosion in Breckenridge that prompted a 2009 post about the risks inherent in using butane.

Here's how marijuana advocate Timothy Tipton detailed the process of making BHO for us back then.

"Honey oil is made or extracted using bud or leaf matter in a cylindrical metal tube that is set on top of a glass Pyrex plate," he said. "At the end of the tube is a fitting that would accommodate a butane cartridge, and as that butane cartridge is released into the tube with the marijuana matter, the butane leaks through onto the Pyrex plate, which has a film on top of it. Over time, the butane airs off and all that remains, with the exception of residual matter, is honey oil that is scraped with a razor blade off the bottom of the plate after the butane has successfully evaporated."

It doesn't always, though.

"A common problem associated with the use of this therapy revolves around the persons participating in the extraction process not having gotten rid of all the extracted chemicals," he said. "So there's very little understanding of the chemical makeup of the honey oil, and whether it has residual butane, petroleum or chemical products that may be detrimental to our patients' health and welfare."

Continue for more about Nederland and BHO, including two videos.

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Perfectly trimmed and manicured  Buds in a nice custom made glass bong  makes the perfect gift for the Colorado Tourist. Imagine the look on your spouse's face next Christmas when they smell what's cooking.

No more post cards from Cave of The Winds or Buffalo Bills grave. The People come to Colorado now for Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, and to experience the Rocky Mountain High.

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

When I first read about making BHO, the first thing that came to mind is that people shouldn't be doing that in their kitchen. You can't outlaw stupidity, though, and if they're going to do it, they're going to do it--law or no law.

I say that without regard to the other problem of knowing whether the catalysts were properly removed. The whole idea gave me chills, as someone with a brain.


sure would be nice if WestWord actually interviewed folks on the task force here in Ned, instead of just making shit up.


Kerri is the kind of woman you would take home to Mom if you were a Banker looking for a really intelligent and hot mature woman. She carries in her purse THC Infused Orange Gummies Medical Cannabis along with a jar of Agave Nectar Medical Cannabis which is also THC Infused. Just to look at her makes you wonder how good you could have been if only you had a woman like that on the back of your Harley. Damn!

You will find her cruising across Denver any Saturday afternoon shopping little boutiques and texting young men. Its a game to her to see how many of these hunks that claim to live the 420 Life can keep up with her. Cannabis will not be enough for most men who may want to bring along a pack of THC Gel Caps for that late night party at Union Station. Living in a glass loft above Wazee street next to a small Denver dispensary makes everything easy for Keri. Never a hassle and never in a hurry..

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Other than Patty allowing reporters to get stoned on the job, what was the reason for categorizing this story under Fashion & Design , eh Mikey?


Thank Goodness for Amendment 64.

Shop for your Meds when you want ...where you want...medicating when you need to...wherever you are...anywhere in the state of Colorado as long as you don't start Forest a privilege. From Colfax Ave. to Cherry Creek, whether a joint or an ounce, shake or Bud, low grade or Connoisseur......its nice to have options. It would be advisable though not to fire up your BHO within 300 feet of any Fracking operations...or your kitchen sink in most Colorado rural areas. That Methane in your water can kill you.



Nederland won't be the only one to ban BHO, now that SB 13-283 has passed, which adds this NEW STATUTE to the books allowing local governments to ban extractions:

CRS 9-7-113. Use of flammable gases in home marijuana cultivation - prohibited. A local government may ban the use of a compressed, flammable gas as a solvent in the extraction of THC or other cannabiniods in a residential setting.

Thanks to A64 for this NEW PROHIBITION added to our revised statutes. More pot clownery thanks to the pot clowns.

It is important to point out that this Nederland pro-prohibition crew probably proposed the outlawing of butane extraction BEFORE SB 13-283 passed. Way to go, pro-LEO goons. You're on the bleeding edge up there in Ned, aren't ya?


Meanwhile...Denver Dispensary Price Wars of posting this update...Thanks to Amendment 64, Medical Marijuana patients and law abiding Red Card carrying citizens of Colorado...or anyone over the age of 21 can support MMJ advertisers on this page.  Beyond Broadway shows some real MMJ Business Balls dropping the membership three tiered multi colored ratings to figure out..just a flat rate of $115 an ounce for every one every strain every day. That's nice, however the market is still saturated.

Of course when you have multiple locations that changes the game entirely.  (Denver Patients Group, Post Modern Health, Broadmoor Wellness, White Mountain Wellness, LivWell Denver, and LivWell Boulder) The game will change again drastically in 2014.

Quality continues to exceed all expectations and competition rules. 

Customer loyalty is nonexistent.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Headline YESTERDAY -- Nederland Backs Off Plan to Pioneer Recreational Pot Rules

It looks like Nederland will not be blazing ahead of the pack when it comes to recreational marijuana after all.

Earlier in the year, an Amendment 64 "shadow task force," made up of local advocates who are monitoring the state task force assembled to make legal recommendations for the establishment of Colorado's new recreational marijuana businesses, explored an ordinance that would have established a recreational pot business in Nederland before statewide regulations were put in place.

But with Colorado legislators passing a series of historic marijuana bills Wednesday, town officials say the town will instead operate on the state's timeline with regards to its recreational marijuana industry.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Rico Colibri = Prohibitionist Scum dressed in a Pot Clown costume

So this prohibitionist piece of crap takes what puny pathetic limits are offered by A64 and FURTHER RESTRICTS and PROHIBITS those paltry freedoms -- creating dozens of NEW CRIMES in the process.

How fucking special that pro-law enforcement pig Rico creates new crimes for the bogeyman BHO "It Shall be UNLAWFUL ..." ... while leaving everyone else free to use Butane or any other listed solvent to extract any of the myriad botanical oils like Lavender, Basil, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Clove, Dill, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, NUTMEG, Oregano, Patchouli, Rosemary, Valerian, etc. in their residential homes ... while criminalizing cannabis oil extractions specifically.

Rico = fucking retard

Further illustrating the depraved ignorance and gross stupidity of this poseur dilettante, he idiotically CRIMINALIZED  super-critical Carbon Dioxide extraction, but omits sub-critical Carbon Dioxide extractions, which use the same high pressure CO2 containers and apparatus.

As noted by IK below, this piece of crap cop wanna-be Rico and his proposed PROHIBITIONIST PUKE has NO authority to infringe upon the paltry private user provisions of A20 or A64.

The DEA could come up with more liberal rules and regulations than this turncoat traitor Colibri.

Hopefully Kathleen Chippi was smart and sober enough to distance herself from this unmitigated bullshit this time around.


for medical marijuana, A ban on bho making would fly in the face of Amendment 20 & be unconstitutional. The only thing localities can regulate under Amendment 64 is retail. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "catalysts"


HipTip -  Butane is a gas (evaporates) at room temperature / pressure.

HipTip #2 -- the combustive byproducts of butane -- as with the MILLIONS of butane lighters that are used every day -- are CO2 and H2O vapor

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Otis ... first and foremost -- Fuck the Prohibitionist Scumbag Rico Colibri, and Fuck what he stands for.

Secondly, the IDIOTICALLY WORDED new CRS leaves it open to challenge, and is FAR LESS restrictive than that FASCIST PROHIBITIONIST CRAP that Rico proposed.

Under the new CRS the "gas" must be "compressed" and "flammable" ... which leaves out uncompressed liquid Butane (below 31 degrees F), leaves out other light hydrocarbon liquid solvents and highly flammable ether, and leaves out high pressure CO2, critical or sub, 

... yet more importantly it does NOTHING to prohibit "compressed, flammable gases" in residential settings for OTHER uses, such as extracting any other essential oil, or for simple pyrotechnic fun.

It merely attempts to FURTHER CRIMINALIZE the Marijuana Users for what is otherwise LEGAL behavior for other people.

Thanks lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert for helping create even more cannabis criminals for your Marijuana McLawyer shyster mill.

And FUCK YOU again, Rico. ... go join the DEA if you want to put potheads in prison so badly.


@BuddJones Your expectations must be low, like the quality of commercial weed. Again, another comment that doesn't make sense or relates to the story.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts "brainwork"


Maybe you can rent his brain to help you and Sederberg figure out how many eighths are in an ounce ... or help Lori figure out how many gallons fit in a gallon container.


Who's to say that he hasn't joined the DEA already? He's there in spirit; all that may be missing is the paycheck.

This is what you get when you write laws to appease the cops, instead of writing laws to protect the consumers.

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