I admit, I've got a pretty good gig here at NFPA. In July, myself and NFPA's Southwest Regional Director Ray Bizal traveled to Colorado, the world's epicenter of legal pot, to tour a half-dozen marijuana grow and extraction facilities. We met with marijuana business owners and equipment manufacturers to learn about the various agricultural and industrial processes involved in this $1 billion industry. We also met with several very knowledgeable fire officials who shared with us all the work they have done over the past several years to develop regulations and procedures to ensure that this burgeoning industry is safe for employees and first responders.
I filmed the trip to share with you some of what we learned. After the video, please check out the feature story I wrote on this topic, "Welcome to the Jungle," in the September/October 2016 issue of NFPA Journal. There are a bunch of other resources there including a slideshow explaining the entire marijuana extraction process, a map that shows marijuana's legal status in each state, a detailed overview of the hazards in each type of facility, and much more. Also, read about the NFPA 1, Fire Code, task group that is working on a new chapter addressing marijuana facilities.