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Death in a cannabis factory: Italian prosecutors investigate explosion

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Prosecutors in Perugia, Italy are now trying to determine how to charge both the owners and managers of the company Terrible industrial accident As a result, two people were killed and two others were seriously injured. The accident occurred when a “lab” set up to produce “Cannabis Light” from HTC exploded.

In addition to the strange details, this type of accident is certainly an anomaly in Europe – and not only because of the presence of cannabis in the process, but also because of what the manufacturers were trying to do with it. Not to mention how.

If this case sounds like Colorado, circa 2014, you’d be right. In the first summer of state legalization, it was Denver Department of Environmental Health A recall request from the manufacturer that made the retail washer to sell it commercially and “legally”. Fortunately, no one died, and the owners displayed ignorance that what they were doing was against public health guidelines.

After this incident however, the risk BHO . Extract It represents an increased risk in the US states where recreational cannabis is now legal. Inexperienced operators They use butane to make hash oil – and Horrific accidents and explosions increasing.

This case in Italy appears to be a horrific copycat. What makes this even stranger is the supposed intent of the “manufacturer”.

Criminal responsibility and intent in Italy

In this case, prosecutors are trying to determine how to charge both managers and business owners. They appear to be facing, at the very least, charges of gross negligence for failing to warn and train employees about the dangers of what they were doing.

They could end up charged with manslaughter or premeditated murder.

Here’s why. Ultrasonic “washers” were prepared to bathe the cannabis in pentane to lower the level of THC in itself and thus enable the company to sell the products as “Cannabis Light”. Moreover, as the prosecutors described, the method was “invented” by a business partner, and it was also “devoid of any technical and scientific knowledge and was used outside of any license.”

Ultrasonic washing machines are commercially available even online. They are mostly used with water or a non-flammable solvent to clean items including jewelry, medical instruments, watches, and electronics. They can also be used to clean clothes by removing contaminants and killing bacteria.

This is not a process that should be used for cannabis intended for human consumption.

Beyond that, their tanks should never be filled with any flammable liquid, as it will evaporate causing explosions, fire or at least the release of dangerous gases into the workspace.

Pentane, the solvent used in this case, is a chemical commonly used in the production of polystyrene foam. It is also highly flammable.

That is why, according to the prosecutor’s office, in addition to the danger posed by “innovation”, the treatment was objectively dangerous.

Furthermore, the pentane was not stored in accordance with the regulations, and no machines were installed in the laboratory that could mitigate the risks involved in using the solvent for processing.

Many strange circumstances

There are many strange sides to this story – starting with this: Who would take HTC and subject it to a chemical solvent and a “cleaning” machine that is clearly not designed for plants that humans would ingest? Furthermore, who is going to do that with a high THC cannabis when there is so much cannabis available in the country?

Far from these facts, it is clear that this was not so much an “invention” as an accident waiting to happen.

This tragic accident in Italy is also a warning shot for others who may be tempted to engage in similar actions of so-called innovation in the future. However, with the advent of recreational multi-stage reform, there will almost certainly be more of it until the entire supply chain of cannabis flowers and the manufacturing processes used to create and oversee the extracts are properly legalized.

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