New problem for legal weed: Exploding pot factories
States are facing a new danger as legal marijuana spreads across the country: Explosions and fires at cannabis factories are sending workers to the hospital with severe burns, revealing the nascent industry's lack of proper safety standards.
In the 33 states where the drug is legal for medical or recreational use, at least 10 fires or explosions have occurred in the past five years at facilities that extract hash oil used in edible products. Nearly all resulted in serious injuries for production-line staff.
âThe extraction process is continuing to evolve," Raymond Bizal, director of California and Oregon regional operations for the National Fire Protection Association, told POLITICO. "The fire-safety industry has to play catch-up.â...
Fires may be caused by slipshod attention to proper rules and regulations, caused by employees partaking of the material being grown (either before or after work). They should start putting out new Safety Posters like the ones that tell you to wear your hard hat on a construction site; the new ones would say things like "Don't come to work stoned"