Following the lead of other local communities in restricting the possession and purchase of butane cans, Chico is expected to follow suit at a council meeting this evening.
The cans, about the same size and shape of a spray paint can, have been used to extract concentrated THC from essentially worthless marijuana leaves.
A lucrative but dangerous cottage industry has developed. The heavier-than-air gas is extremely flammable. Amateur chemists attempting to refine so-called butane honey oil have mistakenly set off explosions, some fatal.