Denver Council considers banning homemade hash oil after explosions, fires, injuries

DENVER - Denver is considering putting new restrictions and penalties on hash oil production after explosions, fires and injuries across the state.

"I don't think we ever discussed hash oil extraction in our year-long marijuana committees because it didn't ever occur to us that there was a procedure like this that could be so dangerous to homes and families," said Denver councilwoman Mary Beth Susman. "Something we missed the first time around, and we need to get it right."

People trying to make hash oil -- a concentrated, potent form of cannabis that resembles honey -- often use butane that can spark an explosion. The city of Denver's proposal would ban unlicensed amateurs from using flammable liquids to make hash oil, but protect licensed businesses. Penalties would include up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Currently, those who cause damage while making hash oil can face criminal penalties, but many Colorado cities don't specifically outlaw the process.

The council's Safety and Well-Being Committee will decide Tuesday whether it wants to send the proposal to full council for a vote. Susman said there is a lot of support among city leaders for the ban.

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