A Vancouver marijuana activist says he’s worried an explosion at a Toronto dispensary yesterday could tar the industry with the wrong brush.
Dana Larsen with the Vancouver Dispensary Society says he’s worried the operators could have been trying to make pot extracts on site.
“It will give excuse for those who don’t like dispensaries to say look, see, they’re dangerous. We need to shut these places down.”
Larsen says he’s concerned the blast could have been caused by someone using chemicals to try and make pot extracts.
“To me a dispensary is a place where you provide cannabis to patients, not a place where you make cannabis products. Especially not extracts that can cause explosions or risk if not done properly. That kind of thing should be done in a lab and a very safe place.”
He says there’s no place for that at dispensaries but says federal rules could push the wrong people to make bad decisions.
“There’s no legal and safe way, and certainly certified labs and the places that do do this kind of work can’t do it because of prohibition. They’re forbidden from getting involved.”
Larsen is calling on Ottawa license the production of pot extracts so they can be legally produced at licensed facilities.
One person was badly burned in the explosion.
Toronto police and fire officials are investigating but have not confirmed anyone was using chemicals on site.