California Bill Would Place Meth Lab-Style Limits on the Butane Used in Pot Products – California News

California Bill Would Place Meth Lab-Style Limits on the Butane Used in Pot Products – California News

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.

A law that would limit a key ingredient in some of the most popular products sold at marijuana dispensaries has made it to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who can veto or sign the bill.

AB 1120, by Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, would treat butane — an ingredient in cannabis concentrate products (dabs, wax and THC oils, for instance) — the way some ingredients of methamphetamine production are treated: It would limit the amount sold and track who’s receiving the ingredient.

The legislation could impede aspects of the voter-approved recreational pot legalization and new state medical marijuana rules, both of which are expected to go into effect in January and both of which allow concentrated pot products. Some experts say those products account for as much as 60 percent of the sales at local marijuana retail collectives.

The bill seeks to limit sale of butane to 600 milliliters a month for each customer. That amounts to about 20 ounces — not nearly enough for larger-scale concentrate producers. It also would require sellers to keep records on buyers.

“This type of ‘point of sale’ regulation works,” according to a fact sheet for the bill. “It has a proven track record in the detection and dismantling of methamphetamine labs by tracking pseudoephedrine sales.”

It’s unclear how the governor will respond, but his office was instrumental in drafting final rules for state marijuana retailing — rules that will allow concentrates to be sold.

Butane is used as a solvent to produce or “extract” THC concentrates from often low-grade pot, rendering it even more potent than gourmet…

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