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Current Legal Ramifications of Producing Hash Oil in Nevada

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In light of recent explosions involving the making of hash oil, the question now is, what crime can you be charged with in Nevada?

We talked to law enforcement as well as the Washoe County District Attorney's Office Monday, and this is a relatively new issue for them to tackle in our state. At this point, John Helzer, Assistant District Attorney for the Criminal Division, says being in possession of marijuana and having extracted oil is NOT the same thing.

"The realities are that the Nevada law considers extractions, such as honey oil, or hash oil, to be schedule one controlled substances," he said.
In case you didn't know, hash oil is pure THC extracted from marijuana plants. It's supposed to have a much more powerful high than just smoking regular marijuana.

Helzer says it takes about 20 grams from a marijuana product to make a gram and a half of oil. If a person is convicted with possessing that oil, they could spend up to four years in prison, with potentially harsher penalties if they're proven to have sold it, or even give it away.

Like so many other things, hash oil is legally available to those with licenses, and it's being produced legally by companies. However, there are people making it themselves, which may be cheaper, but as we've seen, can be far more dangerous. We talked to the Consolidated Bomb Squad who's there for every explosion that is caused by making hash oil, like the ones on Moran Street and Harvard Way. Both happened in the last several weeks.

Officials say they are currently charging people with reckless endangerment for the blasts, and a big thing they want to get out there is making everyone aware of the dangers of producing hash oils, and to report it if they see something suspicious.

"Parents, neighbors, if you see large amounts of butane, or marijuana, or things like that going into a house, or you suspect something like this, be aware that this is a growing problem in the area," said Officer Jason Morgan, of the Reno Police Department and Consolidated Bomb Squad.

Many in the justice field think the punishments are not harsh enough, and say it may be something the Nevada Legislature will have to take up in its next session.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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