SANTA FE, N.M. — Two workers are in critical condition after an explosion at 12:42 p.m. Thursday at the New Mexicann Natural Medicine cannabis dispensary on San Mateo Lane in Santa Fe.
According to the state Department of Health, two employees were “seriously injured” in the explosion and transported by air to a hospital. DOH said preliminary information indicated the explosion occurred in the immediate vicinity of New Mexican’s chemical extraction equipment.
This is the second such explosion to have occurred at New Mexicann. In 2015 an explosion severely burned two workers extracting the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, in a process in which the pot is soaked with butane, then heated over flame to boil off liquid and create the paste-like hash oil. OSHA later fined the company $13,500 and cited them for 12 “serious” violations to workplace health and safety.
Jimmy Vigil, New Mexico State Fire Marshal fire investigations bureau captain, said Thursday’s incident is under investigation. Fire officials received a search warrant early Friday morning to go into the dispensary and collect evidence to determine a cause.
Santa Fe City Fire Department, the state Department of Health and OSHA are also investigating the fire.
David Morgan, spokesman for the state Department of Health, said the state issued a notice of immediate suspension of New Mexicann’s permit to manufacture cannabis-derived products.
The notice was issued to Carlos Gonzales, Executive Director of New Mexicann Natural Medicine, and said the explosion occurred around the chemical extraction equipment at the dispensary.
This notice effects all New Mexicann dispensary locations and specifically references “compressed