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Washington BHO Ban Begins

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Leafly reported that major changes in Washington medical marijuana law came into effect Friday, with the big one regarding BHO production:

“Medical marijuana processors are prohibited from using butane gas to manufacture butane hash oil (BHO), although I-502 licensed recreational processors are still allowed to use butane to process BHO at a state-certified facility (butane extraction must only be conducted by individuals who are licensed by the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.”

This means a rough outlook for those who depend on the medicinal qualities of BHO. While it will still be available, the quantities and pricing will be skewed heavily due to the limited production capacity.

The changes don’t come without a silver lining. The Washington BHO ban comes coupled with approval for PTSD and traumatic brain injury as acceptable conditions for receiving medical marijuana.

However, that’s about it for the positive aspects.

The rest of the law requires physicians to write recommendations from a physical, permanent location, which means no more house visits for those unable to reach a doctor’s office easily. Doctors will also have to write their authorizations on a departmentally-developed form printed on tamper-resistant paper.

Professionals operating for the sole purpose of providing medical marijuana consultation and recommendations are no longer allowed, and those writing more than 30 authorizations in a month must report to the Washington State Department of Health.

Washington’s King5 reports that the police will likely be enforcing the law extensively. Many believe the Washington BHO ban will only result in a stronger black market and increased tension between law enforcement and marijuana cultivators.

With police knocking on every producer’s door asking where they got their BHO, cooperation is likely to come reluctantly. This won’t encourage the development of tolerance toward cannabis in Washington, which means more hardships and criminal activity to come.

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