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Butane Bill May Stop Open Blasting in CA

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Cara Wietstock
Written by Cara Wietstock

EDITOR NOTE: This piece was altered to reflect the policy correctly. If signed, AB1120 will protect legal, compliant butane extractors and the general public. 

Two days ago Assembly Bill 1120 (AB1120) was placed on the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was authored by Assemblymembers Jim Cooper and Brian Dahle. If signed it will help ensure that illegal butane labs operating dangerous open blasting systems cease operation.

Many experts say that these extract products -including cannabis labeled as wax, butter, crumble, and more- make up about 60% of the current thriving California cannabis market. Facts like these make butane wax, shatter, and crumble an attractive market, an attraction that has made the black market so robust in the state. This carefully crafted bill is a response to the illegal butane extraction lab explosions that continue to occur, often in residential areas.

If Governor Brown signs AB1120, customer butane purchases will be limited to two cans per month. This simply supplies dabbers with enough butane to fill their torch. With each transaction, consumers would have to enter a database tracking their purchases of the volatile compound. With each purchase, the first and last name, address, DOB, of the customer as well as the time and date of the sale, and the amount of butane purchased will be entered into the state database. These rules do not apply to manufacturers and wholesalers who are compliant with state, city, county, and fire marshal regulations.

This is same purchase and tracking program is used for the compounds commonly used in methamphetamine production. Due to the volatile nature of the gas and the continuing coverage of explosions, it seems fitting that the same legal action be taken against illegal butane extraction laboratories. Furthermore, there are many extraction labs operating with safety as a top concern that blow butane wax every day.

AB1120 is an intelligent bit of policy set in place to protect the public and the butane extractors who are operating safe, compliant laboratories.

EDITOR NOTE: This story was originally published on the California Cannabis Consumer blog, the best place to stay informed on the latest from the state’s industry. 

About the author

Cara Wietstock

Cara Wietstock

Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the plant have brought her to Terpenes and Testing magazine. She now helps keep us on the cutting edge of scientific cannabis discovery as the Editor-in-Chief of the print publication.

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  • Misleading article, or I am way out of the loop……*1. Butane Extraction is here to stay in CA.* 2. Openblasting is a thing of the past. (dangerous and obsolete method, relies on canned butane) Important to remember, that any licensed processor would not be buying canned butane. Canned Butanes always have contaminants. Processors who care about compliance and quality will only consider approved closed loop systems, and clean gas. Matter of fact, since a processor has given all their info to liscensing agency, they will not mind providing it to the Butane supplier. Also, can they really restrict the flow of LPG? The black market is very creative, and moves quick. I bet they’ll be purifying LPG of all types to continue a process that was invented in California!

  • Please stop scaring people with your ignorance of the law. From the actual bill:
    “(d) The limitations in subdivisions (a) and (b) shall not apply to any of the following transactions:…(2) Butane sold to a person for use in a lawful commercial enterprise, including, but not limited to, a volatile solvent extraction activity licensed under Division 10 (commencing with Section 26000) of the Business and Professions Code or a medical cannabis collective or cooperative described in subdivision (b) of Section 11362.775 of this code, operating in compliance with all applicable state licensing requirements and local regulations governing that type of business.”

  • I have been saying that from day one. Track butane sales and limit purchases. This is the best way to get the illegal clandestine lab in check. Only the safe compliant systems should be able to operate at the volumes required at this time. Great move.
    And I am the owner of Tamisium Extractors David McGhee
    As everyone knows by now Tamisium is made famous for safe passive butane extractors so for me to support this move means a lot. We all made a lot of money and now it is time to put our safe game face on. Passive legal above the board. Now they just need to implement our digital inventory software logic at the extraction lab. Once that is presented to the states a large majority of their illegal labs will be dead in the water.

  • I wouldn’t quite call it an intelligent bit of Policy, I would call it Control… and additional taxation, because along with this Policy has to come a way to pay for it right ? So now they want to Control the flow of Butane so that they can Tax it, and Tax it they will because no government run program ever comes free….