Customers may potentially face health issues after a batch of pesticide infected marijuana was sold at a local Oregon dispensary.
State authorities declared that the plants were sold to approximately 130 clients of a McMinnville dispensary sometime last week, with the potential problem being determined and informed of on Friday.
The medical marijuana dispensary involved in the issue is named New Leaf. Between its products, the place also sells dried marijuana flowers named “Marion Berry” and “Dr. Jack”.
According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) , the two aforementioned dried flower strains tested positive and registered a high level of spinosad.
The spinosad was explained to be a natural substance produced by a bacteria of the soil, and which can be toxic to insects. The chemical’s levels are at about 0.2 parts per million (ppm). The two affected strains registered a 42 ppm value in the case of Dr. Jack, and 22 ppm for Marion Berry.
The effects of smoking spinosad are not known, but the high levels of the chemical have determined authorities to issue a warning.
As the products have failed the pesticides level tests, the 130 clients that acquired the medical and recreational pesticide infected marijuana between the October 17 to 19, time period are advised to check their products.
The buyers should verify the label and the batch number of their products, and look out for the Dr. Jack G6J0051-02 batch and the Marion Berry G6J0051-01.
The clients who are in possession of the respective batches should either return the products immediately or dispose of them in a responsible and safe manner.
The effects of smoking or consuming the tainted marijuana are not known but could cause problems due to the high level of spinosad.
The accepted levels of spinosad consumption have been established for food products but in the case of marijuana and cannabis, only pre-market screen levels have been tested are yet to be considered safe.
The infected strains originate from a single producer and have only been transmitted to the New Leaf dispensary. Strains with similar or the same name, but sold at other such places are not thought to be affected.
According to the OHA, the strains had been previously tested and had registered a negative result. As such, an inquiry will be made as to why the pesticide infected marijuana was transmitted from producer to seller as the standard procedure for such cases states that the affected batch should have been destroyed.
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