The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture have issued a public health and safety advisory over pesticide residue detected on some medical cannabis products. The three state departments said that these residues may be unsafe for consumers.
The affected products include cannabis plant material, as well as products derived from cannabis plants that have been cultivated by Colorado Wellness Centers. The cultivator is also doing business as Lush.
According to the state, the medical cannabis products tested positive for traces of the pesticide pyriproxyfen. The products include flower, concentrates, trim, and cannabis-infused products.
The agriculture and health departments stated in their advisory that when pesticides that are found on cannabis plants are not on the list of approved pesticides as determined by the CDA or are not applied in the manner that is consistent with the pesticide’s label, they deem these products a threat to public health and safety.
Consumers are encouraged to return the affected products to the dispensaries or medical centers where they were obtained. These dispensaries will be responsible for properly disposing these products.
The Denver Post cited Cindy Andersen, part-owner of the family-owned medical cannabis business, as saying that the advisory affects about $30,000 worth of cannabis products. She assures that this figure represents only a small percentage of Lush products.
Andersen also described the matter as “so over-reaching and overlapping.” It is absolutely ridiculous, she added.
According to her, inspectors took samples of their cannabis plants in July for testing. After the inspectors tested the plants, they discovered traces of pesticides. However, she insists that Lush does not use those pesticides and that she has no idea how these allegedly harmful chemicals got on some of their cannabis plants.
Andersen, however, said that they are complying with the order.
For consumers to determine whether the cannabis products they have purchased are among the batches that tested positive for potentially harmful residue, they have to check the label for the license and batch number. A list of the license and batch numbers of the affected products can be found here.