Riverside County deputies find ‘honey oil’ lab and pot plants in Anza; seek public’s help to find suspects
ANZA >> Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant here Thursday and found a what they described as a functioning “large-scale butane honey oil lab” and removed it from the 54000 block of Moraza Road, the department said in a statement.
Over 200 large marijuana plants were found inside the residence as well, the statement said.
This illegally grown plants were removed, said Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Munoz.
Suspects were not present at the time the warrant was served and investigators are following leads on the location of the owners.
Deputies are seeking information about the case and encourage anyone with information to call 951-791-3400.
Honey oil labs have operated illegally – and often times dangerously – in homes, garages and other facilities throughout the state as the demand for the strong marijuana byproduct known as wax or honey oil has risen.
Under a new state law, it is not illegal for an individual to possess up to eight grams of honey oil or other forms of concentrated marijuana.
Businesses can get licenses to make honey oil, but not in Anza at this time.
AB 2679, which went into effect this year, spells out strict protocols for operating an extraction lab and says patients, pot identification card-holders, caregivers, collectives and cooperatives will not face state criminal sanctions if they follow the new rules.
The regulations include having a licensed engineer certify the system, ensuring the system doesn’t allow highly flammable solvents to escape and following local ordinances. Operating a lab without obtaining a license and following the new regulations would result in the same fines and punishments that were in place before the law was passed.