Explosion at commercial pot operation leaves 1 in critical condition

HUNTINGTON — An explosion rocked a commercial marijuana growing and processing operation in Huntington on Thursday afternoon sent one to to the hospital.

The Huntington Fire Department and employees from Baker County Sheriff’s Office were called to Burnt River Farms at about 2:38 p.m. Thursday afternoon after a gas leak led to an explosion that injured a Huntington man, according to an article in the Baker City Herald.


Aaron Langley, 28, was in critical condition this morning at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, according to the article.

Brad Hoaglan, hospital spokesman, confirmed in a phone interview with the Argus this afternoon that Langley is still in critical condition.


Shawn McKay, owner of Burnt River Farms, said the explosion happened at the facility’s marijuana processing lab, according to the article, which was backed up by a press release from the sheriff’s office stating it happened in the room where marijuana oil is extracted.


“It was determined that the explosion was contained to a concrete building on the edge of the property,” the release states.


According to the press release, the investigation into the explosion is ongoing and involves the Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Burnt River Farms, at 300 Oregon Trail Blvd., in Huntington, has licenses through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to produce, process and wholesale recreational marijuana, according to information posted on the OLCC Website as of April 6.


The Argus Observer. “Explosion at commercial pot operation leaves 1 in critical condition.” http://www.argusobserver.com. 13 April 2018. Web. 16 April 2018.

Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from ‘unwanted’ side effects

Scientists have found a way to separate medical benefits of cannabis from its unwanted side effects. The research was carried out in mice, but it is hoped that the breakthrough will pave the way for safe cannabis-based therapies that do not cause alterations in mood, perception or memory. Last year the team discovered how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, known as THC, reduces tumor growth in cancer patients.


University of East Anglia. “Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from ‘unwanted’ side effects.” www.sciencedaily.com. 9 July 2015. Web. 13 February 2018.

Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters

Allowing social consumption of marijuana in cafes, theaters or yoga studios will make it more likely for people to drive while on drugs and for minors to access marijuana, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett has told the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

“We believe the difficulties of safely administering the adult use marijuana market in the near term will be multiplied by the proposed licensing of social consumption establishments, mixed-use social consumption establishments, and home delivery retail services,” Bennett wrote in a letter to the commission.

Gov. Charlie Baker and members of his administration have been pushing back against the marijuana oversight board’s decision to allow consumption of marijuana at businesses, like cafes or movie theaters.

Proponents of social consumption say it will provide a space to consume marijuana for people who live in public housing or in rented apartments where marijuana is not allowed. But opponents say the commission is going too far too fast.


Schoenberg, Shira “Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters.” www.masslive.com. 12 February 2018. Web. 13 February 2018.

Drug-Impaired Driving

The report was guided by an advisory panel of experts from
the states, the research community, and several organizations
concerned with impaired driving. It provides references to
research and position papers, especially papers that summarize
the research on drugs and driving that have appeared in the
last 20 years. It includes information obtained by GHSA from
a survey of state highway safety offices. It does not attempt to
be a complete review of the extensive information available on
drugs and driving.


Dr. James Hedlund. “Drug-Impaired Driving.” Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2017 April. Web. 5 February 2018.

California woman caught meningitis from smoking medical marijuana contaminated with lethal fungus

A 48-year-old woman in California contracted a potentially deadly meningitis infection in 2016 from smoking her favorite medical marijuana strain three to six times a day, according to a British Medical Journal case study report published last month.

The infection came from a fungus, called cryptococcus, that most people contract from inhaling contaminated dust or eating food that mouse feces have touched.

Meningitis is the most common illness to develop from exposure to cryptococcus, and causes potentially fatal inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.


Rahhal, Natalie. “California woman caught meningitis from smoking medical marijuana contaminated with lethal fungus.” www.dailymail.co.uk. 30 January 2018. Web. 2 February 2018.


Do you know what vaping is? Have you or your friends ever tried it?

According to a new study, vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes) is pretty popular among teens. But it’s probably more dangerous than you think.

Here are a few quick questions and answers about vaping:





“VAPING: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.” www.justthinktwice.gov. Web. 31 January 2018.