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4/13/2016 Rep. Azzinaro’s bill that prohibits medical marijuana caregivers from producing butane hash oil products heard in committee
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro’s legislation (2016-H 7802) that would outlaw medical marijuana patients and caregivers from producing butane hash oil products was heard in the House Committee on Judiciary last night.  Butane hash oil is produced through a flammable solvent extraction process of the THC in marijuana. After filtering and evaporating the solvent, a liquid with a high THC content remains that can be smoked or vaporized.

“There has been an epidemic of explosions and devastating fires resulting from the unregulated production of butane hash oils and we must ensure the safety of the public from these destructive and dangerous events,” said Representative Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly).  “These products do provide relief to some patients of our medical marijuana program and this legislation would not take away their medicine.  Instead, it would guarantee that the production of these products would follow all health and safety rules and regulations, protecting the patients, and the surrounding communities of Rhode Island, from these terrible accidents that seem to keep happening.”

The legislation would allow the state’s compassion centers to produce the product if the compassion center manufactures it in accordance with the Department of Health's rules and regulations.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903