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The Largest Marijuana Recall To Date…. Due To Pesticides

Nearly 30,000 packages of marijuana-infused edibles in Colorado were recalled voluntarily in the past few days because they contain potentially dangerous pesticides that are banned for use on cannabis.L

Gaia’s Garden recalled more than 8,000 packages of infused edibles Tuesday. EdiPure owner Green Cross recalled more than 20,000 units of its popular edibles Oct. 30. Both companies — which purchase cannabis from other growers to infuse their edibles with THC — had bought marijuana trim from TruCannabis, which was the subject of its own pesticide-related voluntary recall in mid-October.

Marijuana testing labs like Digipath Inc [stock symbol=”DIGP”], Steephill Labs, and Cannalabs are becomming integral in the legal distribution of marijuana. The testing lab industry is currently valued at $850 Million.

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Another company doing things right in the marijuana lab testing world is Steep Hill Labs:

Steep Hill Labs, a California-based company, has opened a lab in Albuquerque that will provide quality assurance testing for marijuana plant producers and patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

The state Department of Health passed rules in February that will require marijuana producers to have products tested in approved labs. Those requirements will take effect once the department has determined the approved labs can meet the demand, said Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil.

“You have no idea when you’re buying and bringing product into your facility,” Smith said. “At that time in April, there was no requirement or notice that this had pesticides. Only after the fact did they find out.”

Both companies said they’re altering their internal intake procedures to attempt to prevent this from happening again.

All of these recalls were carried out by the Denver Department of Environmental Health, which first started cracking down on pesticide use in March when it placed more than 100,000 cannabis plants on hold.

Six months after the original quarantines, The Denver Post commissioned independent tests on multiple marijuana extract brands and found that three prominent, and banned, pesticide chemicals were still being sold to customers by concentrates company Mahatma — and most of the city’s marijuana recalls have come as a result.

The Gaia’s Garden recall affects 15 medical products and six recreational products, mixed fruit lozenges and ginger drops included, that were distributed to 176 pot shops around the state.

The Green Cross recall involves 16 EdiPure products, grape licorice and sour gummy bears included, in more than 40 stores throughout the state.

Batch numbers for the recalls are listed in separate news releases for each company on the department’s website.

Customers who have any of the listed products should dispose of them or return them to the point of purchase — and contact the companies.

While no pesticide-related illnesses have been reported by cannabis users to local poison control centers, two people have sued LivWell, the state’s largest pot grower, for allegedly using banned pesticides on marijuana the customers later purchased.

State law requires labels to reflect any pesticide or contaminant that was used at any stage of a marijuana product’s processing. Although the law also requires cannabis businesses to test for pesticides, that provision has not been enforced in the first 20 months of recreational sales.

Marijuana testing labs like Digipath Inc [stock symbol=”DIGP”]  have become an established testing facility in Nevada, who recently legalized medical marijuana along with very strict testing policy. Companies like Digipath labs will be integral in the legal distribution of marijuana.  Digipath recently announced they recently joined the Association of Commercial Cannabis Laboratories.

“By joining the ACCL, DigiPath Labs further demonstrates its adherence to strict testing guidelines and commitment to quality assurance for marijuana consumers in Nevada,” commented Dr. Cindy Orser, DigiPath Labs’ Chief Scientific Officer. Here is a link to the full press release.

Another company doing things right in the marijuana lab testing world is Steep Hill Labs:

Steep Hill Labs, a California-based company, has opened a lab in Albuquerque that will provide quality assurance testing for marijuana plant producers and patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis program.

The state Department of Health passed rules in February that will require marijuana producers to have products tested in approved labs. Those requirements will take effect once the department has determined the approved labs can meet the demand, said Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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