CBS News reports that since January 1, when legalized recreational pot sales began, Colorado’s only certified adult burn center has already treated 10 people with serious injuries suffered while making hash oil, compared to 11 in all of 2013 and only one in 2012.
Police and fire marshals, meanwhile, are trying to figure out how to respond with criminal charges, as the questionable legality of the process has made it difficult to prosecute amateur chemists. Some jurisdictions are charging felonies, while others say hash oil production is protected under a provision of the new marijuana laws.
In the Denver area alone, more than a dozen explosions have been attributed so far this year to people attempting to cook hash. There were at least five such blasts in a one-week period.
Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said his office has pursued felony charges against people for cooking hash oil at home in several cases this year.
Marijuana advocates expect the rate of explosions and fires to decline as more people realize the dangers of home-brewing.
Marijuana DUI-D cases are not the only new wave of post-legalization issues.