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Three northeast cannabis industry groups released a report on Wednesday to shine a light on contaminants in unregulated products sold in New York.
These groups had products tested from 20 unlicensed sellers, like Empire Cannabis Club and WeedWorld, two entities that received cease and desist letters from regulators over the summer, and lesser-known unlicensed sellers, too. The results showed that about 40% of the products contained contaminants like E.Coli, lead, and salmonella, the groups said.
The new initiative is a response to the growing illicit market for marijuana, even in states like New Jersey where it is legal for recreational purposes.
In addition to encouraging people to purchase from legal dispensaries, the new campaign aims to make people aware of the untested and allegedly unsafe products that may be available on the streets
The situation is multifaceted, including:
- A growing public mistrust of marijuana testing-lab results.
- A pervasive trend among marijuana businesses to shop for labs that will give them favorable test results.
- Testing labs that say they are struggling to retain market share and losing money as unethical counterparts gain new clients by inflating THC potency numbers.
Its even causing a race to the bottom in which labs are offering lower and lower prices for testing in order to compete.
With the decriminalization of cannabis in New Jersey, a company that tests the THC levels in hemp will expand its operation to include the testing of marijuana.
Trichome Analytical appeared before the township zoning board Wednesday seeking approval to allow for the testing of medical and recreational marijuana at its Commerce Parkway facility.
The zoning board voted unanimously to approve the application, with conditions that Trichome Analytical adopt additional ventilation filters if neighbors noticed a strong odor and to make the glass rear door opaque.
Dank Vapes has a logo. You can buy Dank Vapes T-shirts. Sales of Dank Vapes products can be easily spotted on Twitter or Instagram or Medium. Inverse has reached out to government agencies, accounts claiming to sell Dank Vapes, cannabis labs, and members of the cannabis industry.
They all seem to tell a similar story — that Dank Vapes may be fake. It’s a black-market “brand” that has inspired loyalty online but comes with serious risks.
With legal cannabis access expanding in the United States, it’s safe to assume that the pot you buy is on the up and up, right?
In most cases, yes, but too many continue to fail tests and go misrepresented on the market. This can range from flower being moldy to mislabeled. In other cases, flower can be contaminated. In recent years, tests of products resulted in failures for a slew of products. This includes a 2018 occurrence when nearly a fifth of California’s cannabis products failed testing.
Cannabis science and technology company Steep Hill announced Tuesday plans to open a regulatory testing facility in New Jersey by the end of the third quarter of this year.
Steep Hill was founded in 2008 in California and currently operates in states across the country including Maryland and Pennsylvania. The company focuses on testing and analyzing medical and adult-use cannabis to ensure compliance with public safety.