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Supreme Court reverses ruling on Colorado hash oil fire

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 18:12:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a man who blew up his home's laundry room after brewing hash oil with a butane burner still needed a license to "manufacture" the oil after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.

The Denver Post reports the state Supreme Court's decision on Monday reversed a district court ruling that dismissed a pot manufacturing criminal charge against Austin Joseph Lente on the basis that he was protected under Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Supreme Court wrote that another state law makes a distinction between the terms "processing" and "manufacturing" marijuana and that extracting hash oil from marijuana is a step above mere processing of marijuana and requires licensing.