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Know the Law: Hash and Concentrates

Jan 3rd

Know the Law: Hash and Concentrates

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There is much debate among medical marijuana patients and even some providers as to the exact legalities of hash and other concentrates in California. The intent of the following article is to provide those who are unclear about this medicine, everything they could wish to know. First of all, yes, medical hash is legal under California’s Prop. 215.

As of October 21, 2003, Attorney General Bill Lockyer made it clear that hashish and other concentrated marijuana are protected under Prop. 215, saying that

Concentrated cannabis or hashish is included within the meaning of ‘marijuana’ as that term is used in the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t exercise caution when obtaining not only concentrates, but your regular medicine as well. For instance, if an officer pulls you over, he or she may still refuse to comply with state law, due to the fact that it remains federally illegal. They can take your medication, but cannot take you to jail if you have the proper documentation of your eligibility for medical marijuana. You will then have to attend a court date and plead your case if you wish to get your medication back.

Needless to say, without a prescription for medical marijuana, hash is a felony in California.

Some contradiction and confusion lies in the exact legalities of hash oil, honey oil and other types of hash made from solvents such as isopropyl alcohol and butane gas. The production (meaning making) of hash and honey oil is illegal, even under California’s medical laws. This is due to the fact that unless the proper safety steps and utilized, making concentrates oils with solvents can prove somewhat dangerous. However, hash and honey oil is covered under Prop. 215 and SB 420 as a type of hash. This means that dispensaries are able to sell it and you, the patient, are able to buy and possess it, but it remains illegal to make it.

Edibles are also considered a concentrate, but there is no accurate way to test them since they can’t be weighed for THC content and lab tests prove highly inaccurate.  Edibles are a safer alternative when lawfully transporting your medicine.

Original Article From: http://www.cannabissearch.com/articles/legalities-of-hash-in-ca/