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- LOS ANGELES (AP) — A higher percentage of California marijuana #products
strict #safety #tests
, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for #pesticides
has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of #legal
California broadly #legalized
marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During the first two months the failure rate was about 20 percent, but state data collected through November showed improvement — about 14 percent of nearly 24,000 products were blocked from store shelves by tests.
continued having the most trouble in test labs: About 26 percent were rejected, though that also was an improved rate compared to the July-August period, when one-third failed.
“With any news rules, there’s always going to be a period of adjustment that takes place,” said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Cannabis Control. “The cannabis industry in California adapts pretty quickly, and I think that’s what we’re seeing with these lower fail rates in testing. That’s encouraging.”
The integrity of the testing program was shaken last month when Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs surrendered its license after state regulators found it was conducting faulty tests for pesticides, apparently since the program kicked off at midyear.
State regulators asked retailers and distributors to recall any batches tested by the company after July 1. Any batches returned by consumers must be destroyed. Products pulled back from a company’s inventory can be retested with state permission, or destroyed. But it’s likely many of those products already have been consumed.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much cannabis was cleared by the lab for sale, but it’s almost certainly a large amount, covering five months of testing. The state has issued only a few dozen lab licenses.
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