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Explosions, Marijuana Production Grow Together

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In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, debris is seen scattered around at the scene of a house explosion in the Bronx borough of New York. Authorities believe that the house contained an indoor marijuana growing operation and an illegally tapped gas line may have caused the explosion that killed a New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 06:06 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Mellow potheads tampering with electricity and natural gas lines, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, plenty in New York City, according to The Associated Press. It reports an explosion destroyed a home there and killed a firefighter.

AP reports, "A New York fire battalion chief died responding to the blast Tuesday in a Bronx home that authorities say had been converted into an indoor marijuana farm. They’re investigating whether the alleged growers tampered with gas lines and mishandled other materials in ways that caused the explosion."

It seems that global warming is a real asset for chronic cultivators. Michael O’Hare, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley who is also "an expert in cannabis cultivation" explains, "If you raise the CO2 level, it’ll grow faster."

Which brings us back to our explosion. There’s a good chance the weed wranglers were using natural gas, propane, or butane to operate carbon dioxide generators that increase the concentration of CO2 in the air. And since dope smokers are not known for their attention to detail, mistakes are often disastrous.

You may ask why don’t they just use electricity? They could, if growing was legal, but in New York City it isn’t and a home that was using enough electricity to power a small manufacturing plant would soon draw the attention of authorities even without an explosion.

But in states where legalization has meant the joints are jumping, there are still dangers associated with the product, aside from weight gain. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, a butane leak caused a blast that injured two workers.

In Colorado, another state where "medical" marijuana is legal, over 30 people were injured in butane explosions involving hash oil, "a concentrated form of marijuana extracted from the plant’s leaves and flowers."

And in Washington state the feds have filed charges in connection with five cases where the production of hash oil caused an explosion. And one of those cases involved a fatality.

It’s ironic that a drug that’s supposed to smooth one out has such an explosive production process. Advocates are constantly assuring us that smoking wacky tobaccy is no worse than drinking alcohol, but I can’t recall any distilleries blowing up in recent months.

If we’re going to legalize mota production, then maybe we should go all the way and limit the cultivation to the government, like some states do with booze. We could put the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in charge. That cabinet agency is not known as a ball of fire when it comes to activity, so the potential for explosions should be low.

Of course since it is the government, production would probably take place at a loss to taxpayers.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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It’s ironic that a drug that’s supposed to smooth one out has such an explosive production process. Advocates are constantly assuring us that smoking wacky tobaccy is no worse than drinking alcohol, but I can’t recall any distilleries blowing up in recent months.
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