UPDATE 11:00 A.M. MAY 7:
Kelowna RCMP are now saying what they found at the apartment on Monday was actually 'Marijuana Budder' not marijuana butter as they had previously reported.
Budder production is more volatile than butter.
Fire, police, Hazmat and ambulance raided a downtown apartment tower Monday afternoon and found . . . butter.
“A small amount of marijuana butter”, to be exact according to RCMP.
RCMP Cpl. Kris Clark says the making of marijuana butter can be very dangerous.
“There is an extreme risk of explosion associated with the extraction of "marijuana butter" which, in any environment could be disastrous. But in this situation, in a condo complex, every occupant of that building was put at risk,” said Clark.
On Sunday, May 4, Kelowna RCMP received a complaint of a possible drug lab in an apartment on the 18th floor of the Waterscapes Skye tower.
“Someone appeared to be cooking something on their balcony which gave off toxic fumes,” says Clark.
The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Teams with assistance from uniformed officers obtained a search warrant for the residence the following day.
To handle the 'butter' situation the 'E' Division Federal Clan Lab Team, RCMP, fire services, Hazmat were called to execute the search warrant. BC Ambulance was also called to the scene as a precaution.
No one was home at the time of the search and no arrests have been made.
The press release says the RCMP called in many resources because of the danger of the marijuana butter, however, according to several cannabis websites the making of marijuana butter is a safe and easy process.
The sites claim it only requires a saucepan, a ladle, a strainer, some butter and some bud.
RCMP say that police continue to investigate the situation and that a 20-year-old Kelowna man could face charges of Production of a Controlled Substance as well as Possession of a Controlled Substance.