Many California marijuana products failing safety tests

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 14, 2018

Since testing regulations went into full swing there on July 1, labs have examined almost 11,000 batches of products ranging from buds to oils and edibles.

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.

California law requires that label claims for the amount of THC in a product must be within 10 percent of the actual amount. A total of 1,904 batches failed the tests.

While growers argue that the standards are too strict, costly, and inconsistent, some testing experts say the standards don't go far enough to adequately catch fungal contamination that would otherwise be found in routine drug and food testing. But there have been a small number of products that contained unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Kaul said that the lab had seen cannabis products with mold clearly growing on them that still managed to pass the state's testing requirements.

That's according to state data provided to The Associated Press. Likewise, some industry officials say there is no way to change testing results in cases in which the laboratory makes a mistake, even if the lab admits to the error. One indicator of that has been that marijuana tax revenue has not come close to reaching the state's projections.

Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso told the AP: "Mandatory statewide testing is a new thing and it's going to take some time for everything to run smoothly, but on the whole we're pleased with how things are progressing".

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