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One in Five Pot Samples Fail First Tests in California

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control just released data from its first batch of recreational marijuana tests since new safety requirements for the state came into effect on July 1. One in five samples tested failed to make the grade. Reasons for this include wrong labeling and contamination from processing chemicals, bacteria, and pesticides. As growers and product manufacturers have been scrambling to get their products compliant and to market over the past few weeks, the results of the state’s stringent testing requirements are leaving retailers with huge shortages in stock. According to Nick Rinella, chief operating officer of Verdant Distribution, a Long Beach-based distributor, the new rules caused a shortage of buds early this month. The new requirements for testing also caused massive backlogs at already busy laboratories. Thus far, the state has only issued licenses to 31 testing centers, most in Northern California, with many not yet taking …

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