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Explosions at marijuana grow houses cause concern

Explosions at marijuana grow houses cause concern

10-12 | CDAH Team

Even as marijuana continues to be one of the most popular substances of abuse, the cannabis is now also responsible for a different kind of problem – explosions related to its farming. A strong explosion at an indoor marijuana farm in the Bronx, New York drew the American authorities’ attention as it claimed the life of an officer of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and left several others injured recently.

The explosion that took place in the last week of September 2016 led to the death of FDNY’s battalion 19 chief Michael Fahy, who was struck in the head by part of the roof of the private home at West 234th Street. The incident also resulted in injury to many others, including six police officers and nine firefighters. It was reportedly an outcome of a gas leak. As per reports, the firefighters were surprised to discover the drug laboratory inside the home.

The rented structure was already under investigation for drug activity as it was reported as a marijuana grow house a couple of weeks prior to the explosion. As per the investigators, the blast was possibly a result of tampering of the gas line that led to the home. Officers also reported a separate marijuana-growing operation, with a reported gas leak, being carried out inside an apartment two miles from the blast site.

Colorado’s marijuana laws

The recent explosion in the Bronx has drawn attention to a law in Colorado that allows people in Colorado to grow marijuana in their homes for personal use. There has been an increase in the uncovering of marijuana growing operations inside residences in Colorado. The Colorado Amendment 20 and Colorado Amendment 64 legalizes the sale of a limited amount of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana respectively.

As a licensed caregiver is allowed to grow up to 99 plants for each patient, it can lead to large-scale grow operations if goes unchecked. Although home-grown marijuana or its products cannot be sold, as per the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) the cannabis cultivated in such farms in Colorado is shipped outside the state for a higher price.

Due to loopholes in the Colorado’s marijuana laws, there has been a growth in unlicensed residential operations. As per the DEA’s June 2016 report, as Colorado’s state laws legalizing marijuana do not limit its amount grown within private residences, it has contributed to large-scale marijuana growing operations inside residences.

Marijuana cultivation causes extensive damage to residences and requires high-powered lighting, large water quantity, proper ventilation, fertilizers, and pesticides. Oftentimes, people are unaware of these requirements and resort to substandard ways and tamper electric systems which further causes damage to the structure. Structural damages include moisture, condensation, and mold in the property.

Uses and risks of medical marijuana

As many as 25 American states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of cannabis for medical use. Four of these states have also allowed use of recreational marijuana even as the drug continues to be banned at the federal level. It is accepted as an effective treatment option in treating a host of clinical issues.

Marijuana can be smoked, vaped, eaten, or taken as a liquid extract. Although it can lead to addiction, impair driving ability, and damage lungs and immune system, when taken in prescribed quantities marijuana is known to be helpful in treating spasticity, reduce muscle spasms, treat movement disorders, and provide nausea and pain relief. In addition to human usage, marijuana-based treatments are also used to treat pet ailments, including inflammation, anxiety, seizures, and pain.

Recovery from addiction

Like any other drug, marijuana can be addictive and if left untreated drug addiction can disrupt everyday life. In Colorado, abuse of substances, like drug and alcohol, has been known to negatively affect employee productivity and lead to disciplinary problems. As medical marijuana is not monitored like other FDA-approved medicines, it is advisable that only those people who have a genuine prescription from a doctor should use medical marijuana.

If you know someone who is addicted to marijuana or any other addictive substance, contact the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline to know about some reputed drug rehabilitation centers in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 218-7546 or chat online with our expert who can guide you to one of the best drug addiction treatment centers in Colorado.

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