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Oregon man making hashish burned in explosion

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act allows patients to convert marijuana to hashish or hash oil. The state acknowledged the legality earlier this year in a response to a lawsuit filed by medical marijuana user Anthony Beasley, who claims Keizer city police illegally searched his home in October 2007. The suit is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Beasley's attorney, Brian Michaels, said this is the first time he has heard of a blast caused by someone legally making hash oil. Without knowing more specifics of the case, he likened it to an unfortunate accident rather than a crime.

"If he's doing something legally, and it's not a dangerous act in general — thousands of people do it, nobody gets hurt — what's the crime?" Michaels said. "Just because there's an injury doesn't mean there's a crime."