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Marijuana: Inside proposed rules for hash and concentrates production

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This month, state officials are hashing out just who can and can't make marijuana concentrates in Colorado -- setting safety guidelines for producers and consumers for both the recreational and medical marijuana industries.

Most rules for the recreational and medical marijuana industries were set months ago, but the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies determined that the Colorado Department of Revenue needed to clarify a few areas, including hash-making.

So DORA created a follow-up rulemaking committee that will wrap up its work later this month -- but not before public comment on the proposed rules, which, for the first time in Colorado, differentiate between the processes used to create shatters, waxes, ice-water hash and infused edibles.

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The Concentrate Production Safety Working Group, comprised of MED officials, physicians, law enforcement, food hygienists, labor representatives and pot business owners, posted the draft rules last month. Among the more interesting points:

Critical-fluid extractions would be defined as extractions that use a "hydrocarbon solvent," which includes CO2 extractions as well as n-butane, heptane and propane; other critical fluids may be allowed by the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division at a later date. With the exception of CO2 extractions, all critical-fluid extractions must be done using a closed-loop system that recovers the gasses -- which means no more BHO made from disposable cans of lighter fluid.

All critical extraction facilities would also be required to have lab-grade vent hoods and exhaust systems installed. Glycerin, rubbing alcohol and ethanol are categorized as "solvent-based" extractions but would be treated much the same way as critical-fluid extractions with regard to producer and consumer safety.

Water-based concentrates would be narrowly defined as ice-water or dry-ice hash. The proposed rules also define "fat-based" concentrates, an interesting new phrase for things like pot-infused butter and edible cooking oils. Interestingly, the rules don't discuss dry-sieving and then pressing the kief into pucks -- arguably the world's oldest method of hash-making.

The rules would also codify just who can and can't produce each type of concentrate. Grow and dispensary licenses currently only allow water-based extractions, and even then, they must be conducted in a clean, designated area. To make BHO or shatter oil, though, shops will have to have a Marijuana Infused Products manufacturer license.

Continue for more about Colorado setting rules on hash and concentrates.


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Maat Human
Maat Human

who the fuck is sitting around thinking about who can and cant do what with their life... why is this a job.... as if you really knew any better.. fucking go home...

whosdp
whosdp

Isn't it about time for a tutorial of all these different products?  I've smoked pot for decades, yet no very little about the above-described products.  Shatter?  Wax?  Ice-water?  How does one utilize a titanium nail?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

The intention here makes total sense to me, especially when it comes to using petrol products for extraction. However, regulation is always a joke in practice and I fear this will just hurt smaller businesses while boosting already-established old boys.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

Look at Arizona, which just essentially OUTLAWED ALL Edibles/Concentrates from their MMJ program. 

Those stoner retards who wrote Arizona's mmj law were too stupid to learn from the MISTAKES of Colorado and elsewhere, and wrote an equally pathetic and dysfunctional MMJ law --

Medical-Pot Patient Prosecuted for One Piece of THC-Infused Candy

Phoenix Police to Medical-Pot Community: "Medibles" Will Be Tested for Extracts

Another EPIC FAIL by Clueless Stoners with NO LEGAL or LEGISLATIVE expertise pathetically attempting to scribe clear, concise and unambiguous law.

Those idiot stoners in Arizona even wrote a provision in their mmj law that prohibits any individual patient/caregiver from growing ANY marijuana if they live within 1963 (ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SIXTY THREE !! ) Square MILES of any Retail Dispensary !!

Monkey
Monkey

"To help enforce these regulations, the MED is proposing to begin randomly testing samples from dispensaries for things like residual pesticides, mold and such leftover solvents as butane."

That's the first good thing I've read. I hope they do it, and don't just say they'll do it, like they do with buds. I know for a fact patients are leaving dispensaries everyday with moldy buds laced with systemic pesticides. And who knows what's in their extracts and edibles.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

 The Concentrate Production Safety Working Group, comprised of MED officials, physicians, law enforcement, food hygienists, labor representatives and pot business owners.

Once again, no representation or input whatsoever from and for the INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE Users, Grower or Caregivers.



_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Matthiu Ryin ... Regulation Works! 


_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@whosdp ... if you're too clueless to know how to ingest a substance, you're too clueless to ingest that substance.


really
really

@_McShyster_ AZ did not outlaw concentrates or edibles. In fact, the opposite. The district attorney for Maricopa County is refusing to accept that we have MMJ in AZ and has made every attempt possible to block it's full implementation. The concentrate issue is no different and he will lose, just like he has lost on every other issue.

And AZ's prop 203 was written by an attorney for the MPP, not some clueless stoner. There is plenty to not like about it, as it was crafted with business in mind, not compassion. Still, definitely not written by some clueless stoner.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Monkey ... yet somehow MILLIONS of stoners consumed MILLIONS of pounds over the last 40 years ... without testing.

The coolest part of this STRICT REGULATION is that the ENTIRE BATCH will be seized and destroyed -- along with any already sold to or purchased by a dispensary -- if the random testing is failed ... even for the often specious and exaggerated potency claims.

That rule should be extended to dispensary bud itself, not just concentrates, so that when the lying Big $$ Dispensary pigs claim their bud is 22% THC, and random testing shows it to be different, the ENTIRE fraudulent INVENTORY should be seized and destroyed by the MMED!

          *** REGULATION WORKS !! -- Get REGULATED, Bitches! ***

Patients-not-Profits
Patients-not-Profits

@_McShyster_ MMIG PIGS don't consider you part of the "marijuana industry" unless you are part of their cartel. They are actively trying to eliminate the growers, users, and caregivers. And the stupid stoners that voted for extra TAXES on weed will be funding the very law enFORCEment agents who will be going after the growers, users, and caregivers, all funded by POT TAXES! The cops are laughing all the way to the bank! Full funding of prohibition, at dollar amounts never dreamed about before, all at the expense of the stupid stoners themselves! Who gave the money WILLINGLY to be "regulated". rotflmao

Patients-not-Profits
Patients-not-Profits

@really @_McShyster_There is nothing wrong with characterizing MPP's attorneys as "clueless stoners", unless, of course, the lawyer that wrote the AZ init. doesn't smoke weed, in which case, he would need another excuse for being clueless.

The MPP/DPA/Soros cabal has a long track record of passing poorly-written and vague laws. On Nov. 7, a Michigan Circuit Court Judge called MPP's Michigan's medical marijuana law "one of the worst statutes that was ever written".

At the sentencing of a caregiver who had thought he was in compliance with the poorly-written law, Judge Mark Trusock said "I think the medical marijuana statute has become a nightmare for some good honest people. It just has to be one of the worst statutes that was ever written and put into place. There are courts all over that don't know how to handle it because it was such a poorly written law."

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/11/kent_county_judge_sentences_me.html

Michigan's MMJ law was written by the same people who gave you the AZ law: Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy Alliance, funded by billionaire currency manipulator George Soros and Peter Lewis of "Progressive" Insurance.

Everywhere these people go, they spread their poorly-written laws and lie about them, calling them "legalization" and "an end to prohibition" and high-fiving each other that they "legalized it". They instil a false sense of security in the other clueless stoners who do not read or do not comprehend the law. Then they leave town like the carpet-baggers they are and leave the locals to wipe up their shit.



_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@really ... it's not just Maricopa ... the AZ mmj law was so poorly written that prosecutors and cops statewide are banning ALL CONCENTRATES.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2013-10-10/news/medical-pot-edibles-arizona/


That MMP "attorney" who FAILED to write a clear, concise and unambiguous law should be FORCED to defend it -- at his own personal expense -- and he should be forced to defend without charge anyone charged with criminal violations of his piece of crap, and should be forced to serve any jail/prison time those defendants receive ...

... then he should be disbarred for malpractice.


_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@really it was crafted with business in mind, not compassion"

Written FOR the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels ... to the harm, detriment and exclusion of INDIVIDUAL Patients, Growers and Caregivers.

Epic FAIL! ... redux

Boycott the Commercialization of Cannabis

Support your Local Private Grower, Dealer or Caregiver ... or Grow Your Own!


Patients-not-Profits
Patients-not-Profits

@_McShyster_ Really, cannabis consumers have somehow survived for over 10,000 years of constant human use, not just 40, without the government nanny-state EVER needing to test the herb. It is only now that it is necessary, as we have so many unscrupulous Big $$ Dispensary pigs who would otherwise have gone out of business for growing shitty weed, but who somehow now have a monopoly on storefront sales because their businesses are being artificially supported by the state government through over-regulation on their competitors. Open it up to a free market again, and all of these "problems" will go away. Consumer demand will ensure that the best dispensaries thrive while the shitty ones go out of business. It is only because of this "strict regulation" model that forced  the small growers out of the "legal" market that we have these issues.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Patients-not-Profits ... accurate analysis EXCEPT for the Massive Retail Taxes -- which will only harm and disadvantage the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs, forever placing them at an insurmountable financial disadvantage compared to the lower cost TAX FREE weed that the Private Independent Growers and Caregivers have ALWAYS supplied.

Only a fool or loser would purchase overpriced, over-taxed, government controlled warehouse schwag from a dispensary.


really
really

@_McShyster_ @really Stick to your own backyard, Holmes. You obviously know nothing of the issues in AZ.

The law was written clearly. Prosecutors or cops don't get to 'ban' anything. What they get to do is throw their weight around and abuse power until a court smacks them down and that's exactly whats happening.

p.s. Stop being an idiot.

fognl7
fognl7

@_McShyster_  

Do you think it should be legal to purchase marijuana/hash/concentrates from a store?  I'm not asking about A64, prop AA, or whatever is on the books in Arizona.

Looking forward to a direct answer.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Patients-not-Profits

Boycott the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs and their parasitic law enforcement bedfellows at the insatiable Dept. of Revenue.

Boycott the Government Commercialization of Marijuana -- Support your Local Independent Private Grower / Caregiver !!

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