Probation Supports Butane Ordinance

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On May 9, 2017, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, with expressed support from Probation, the District Attorney's Office, Sacramento Sheriff's Department, and local fire and law enforcement agencies, voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance changing the Sacramento County Code related to butane resale and possession. The ordinance restricts the retail sale and possession of refined butane, requires retailers to track sales, and penalizes violators in the unincorporated county.

Refined butane is the dangerous and volatile solvent used in the processing and production of butane hash – or "honey-oil" (BHO), a form of cannabis with concentrated levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Several incidents involving the illegal manufacture of BHO have resulted in considerable personal injury, property damage, and even death. Additionally, public safety personnel, including law enforcement officers and fire fighters, have been placed at risk or incurred injury when responding to calls for service.

In the last three years, 35 labs related to BHO production have been dismantled in Sacramento, and Probation is currently supervising 91 cases associated with the manufacture of BHO. Assistant Chief Marlon Yarber commented, "Oversight of this dangerous substance is imperative as BHO labs pose a great threat to the safety of our officers and other public safety personnel, as well as to the members of our community."

For more information, contact us or view the SACCOUNTY NEWS Press Release.