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B.C.’s public safety minister warns of contamination risk in illicit cannabis

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s public safety minister is warning of potential contamination in illicit cannabis and the dangers of misleading packaging for illegal cannabis edibles.

Health Canada requires licensed cultivators to test cannabis to make sure it’s fit for consumption, but little is known about the quality of illicit cannabis products and production, said Mike Farnworth, who is also the solicitor general.

B.C.’s cannabis secretariat did a pilot study to test 20 dry cannabis samples seized from six illicit stores in Metro Vancouver and the results are concerning, he said.

All but two samples contained at least one of 24 different pesticides, as well as “unacceptable levels” of bacteria, fungi or heavy metals, he told a news conference on Wednesday.

The study was done in collaboration with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, which found

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