Almost 1 in 5 cannabis products fail testing in California

Marco Green
September 14, 2018

Between July 1 and August 29, labs tested 10,695 product batches in California.

Nearly one-fifth of all legal marijuana products submitted for testing to the California government since July 1 have been rejected, frequently for not being strong enough, according to data released Tuesday by the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control said Tuesday. About 2,000 products failed the tests. A total of 1,904 batches failed the tests. But there have been a small number of products that contained unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella.

California licensed growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retail sellers with failing products have been required to destroy all associated inventory. Actual marijuana buds passed this test 90 percent of the time, suggesting a problem with manufactured edible pot products like chocolates and brownies.

However other groups believe that there isn't enough requirements, and think that the state should add new tests to their protocol for different types of mold.

Marijuana company officials say the state is rejecting some pot products after they fall outside the 10 percent margin by tiny amounts. The chief scientific officer for Santa Ana-based testing company Cannalysis, Swetha Kaul, told regulators last month that the testing rules miss mold and yeast contaminants that standard pharmaceutical and food testing would otherwise catch.

Cannabis-infused cookies, sweets and tinctures have been hit hardest, with about a third being banned for sale, the Associated Press said.

As California has rolled out its recreational marijuana program this year, concerns have lingered that much of the state's cannabis business remains in the black market.

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