SANTA FE (AP) – Firefighters say an explosion and fire at a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Fe has left two people hospitalized.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Battalion Chief Carl Crook says the blaze at NewMexiCann Natural Medicine appeared to have resulted from a process in which butane is used to extract THC, the active ingredient of cannabis.
Crook says the two victims suffered third-degree burns from the explosion. They were airlifted from a Santa Fe hospital to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, which has a specialized burn unit.
NewMexiCann Natural Medicine is one of the 23 state-licensed distributors of medical marijuana. Owner Len Goodman and his wife, Susan, were among the first in the state to obtain a license.
No structural damage was caused to the building.