Calif. safety tests pass moldy marijuana but fail ~20% of products overall



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 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed the state's new safety-testing standards for contamination and labeling accuracy, the Associated Press reports.

The majority of the products that failed tests, however, are not blocked from placement on pot shop shelves. Improper claims on the product labels, such as THC content, accounted for 1,279 failed tests, or 65 percent of the failures.

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. 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.

Secondly, about 400 batches of marijuana products failed tests due to unacceptable levels of pesticides.

And, "even if the [testing] lab admits it made an error, there is no way to change those results", Bryce Berryessa told the AP.

That's according to state data provided to The Associated Press. The association also complained that the testing was costly, noting that small marijuana farms were getting hit with testing fees of up to $10,000.

California regulators responded to concerns about the state's testing program, saying it is a work in progress, but it is largely accomplishing its goals of identifying marijuana buds, concentrates, edibles and other products that are in some way tainted and unsuitable for eating or smoking.

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