After news spread of a home explosion in Loveland on Tuesday night, with hash oil as the source of cause, I was reading some of the comments that had been posted on social media outlets regarding the scenario, and one in particular, really stood out to me. To keep the person who left the comment anonymous, I’m just going to paraphrase the words that they left, which essentially said that the person who had caused the explosion was an idiot, and that there are safe ways to go about doing things, as well as careless ways. They continued on, claiming that this incident would likely spark up conversations about how weed is ruining our state, and this is probably true – however, the final point that was made, is that it’s actually people, like the man in the Loveland explosion, that should be to blame for giving Colorado a bad reputation, not a plant.
Although I haven’t checked back, I’m sure this person’s comment alone probably sparked a heated debate on the topic of whether or not legalizing marijuana has caused problems like this to happen, or if it’s actually just people’s careless actions. When it comes to taking a side, I would have to agree with the comment leaver. Marijuana is nothing new to Colorado – just because it’s been made legal, doesn’t mean that it hasn’t existed in our cities and communities prior to that happening. Countless people have made weed a routine part of their lives for years and years, and even hash too. I will agree that legalization has caused cannabis to be a more prominent topic that is more widely publicized in current times, especially in today’s media, and this could easily make it seem like something it it’s not to outsiders of Colorado, but face it, this plant is nothing new people! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be in complete denial to think that people haven’t experimented with hash-making prior to weed becoming legal. So yes, after reading this comment, I couldn’t agree more with the fact that it’s the negligent actions of people that should be to blame for so called “ruining our state,” (which is a bit of a bold statement to say, in my opinion), not a plant that has existed for centuries in time.