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California Concentrate Producers Face New Restrictions

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While California concentrate options continue to grow in number and popularity, the means by which they are produced are being threatened. It’s true that BHO (butane hash oil, best known for its use in the recent dabbing craze) is somewhat volatile, but proper production is quite possible with a bit of knowledge and the type of extreme caution you would expect from anyone dealing with unstable materials.

The new measure states that “the use of a volatile solvent to chemically extract concentrated cannabis … within 300 feet of an occupied residence or any structure where another person [is] present” will add an aggravating factor in your case and could increase the sentence if you are convicted for otherwise illicit possession of cannabis.

It’s not an outright ban, but it applies some added pressure to those who are in it for the enjoyment of the process or for the love of sharing their concentrates. Most large-scale producers are licensed for medical production, so it’s really the hobbyist who’s taking a hit here.

Sadly, the California concentrate measure didn’t come alone.

At the same time last week, Gov. Brown also signed into law a measure that will impose harsh punishments for those who “guerrilla grow” in the state. The law will give new powers to the Department of Fish and Wildlife as they attempt to reduce the amount of cannabis currently being grown in illegal places.

Last year, officials with the Department of Fish and Wildlife performed almost 250 raids on illegal grows, with more than half a million marijuana plants and 15,000 pounds of dried buds seized. They’re not so worried about the potency or potential illicit nature of the plants’ product, though. The recent crackdown serves to protect the local habitat, which is often threatened by growers who do not respect their environment while producing cannabis.