The DEA has taken down 19 hash oil labs in San Diego County so far this year, including four that made the news in May.
There were 31 found in 2018 and 27 in 2017, according to the DEA. Some were discovered during law enforcement raids, and others were found only after malfunctions caused explosions and fires that caused insurmountable damage and severely injured people nearby.
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Three people were injured Sunday when a San Diego home exploded, revealing a hash oil operation, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.
The two-story home on Sunny Meadow Street burst into flames around 6 p.m. The neighborhood is located north of Mira Mesa Boulevard between Interstates 15 and 805.
Two people suffered severe burn injuries and one person suffered less severe burn injuries, officials said.
Hours into their investigation, an SDFD fire chief said equipment to make hash oil was found inside the home and about 100 butane cylinders were found outside of the home.
Hash oil, also known as honey oil, is a concentrated resin extracted from cannabis. Many extraction methods involve butane or ethanol.
April 30, 2019 (San Diego) - The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its social host ordinance to add marijuana, so that as with alcoholic beverages, adults providing these substances to minors could be cited or arrested.
The social host ordinance puts civil and criminal liability on adults controlling private residences or properties who either do not properly supervise minors or allow minors to consume these substances.
The amendment is a result of marijuana being more readily available after the passage of Proposition 64, which made its use legal for adults over 21.
The Board will vote again on the item on May 21 after a second reading. If adopted by the Board that day, the amendments will become effective 30 days after the vote in the unincorporated areas of the county. The same penalties will apply.
Every municipality in the county and its unincorporated area have adopted “social host” ordinances, making it illegal to host underage drinking parties anywhere in San Diego County. Adults who violate the ordinances can be:
- Cited or arrested
- Fined $1,000 or more
- Sent to jail for up to six months
- Required to do up to 32 hours of community service
- Billed for law enforcement services
To report underage parties involving alcohol or marijuana, contact your local police department, the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Line at (888) 580-8477.
Local law enforcement agencies have increased enforcement of social host laws and have issued hundreds of citations in the last few years.
In the first significant challenge to California’s open cannabis market, 24 cities that restrict pot sales sued Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Thursday, arguing that by allowing home deliveries in their city limits, the state is violating 2016’s Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Fresno County Superior Court against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and its chief, Lori Ajax, comes in response to a regulation adopted by the agency in January that permits state-licensed firms to deliver cannabis in cities that have banned pot shops. Officials from cities with prohibitions on pot sales objected to the rules, voicing concerns that home deliveries of cannabis would lead to robberies of cash-laden vans and an influx of illegal sellers blending in with licensed delivery fleets