Colorado regulators have identified “many examples” of licensed marijuana businesses cheating lab testing, the state said in a recent memo.
This ongoing trend poses a “significant public safety concern,” the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) said in a recent industry bulletin.
The situation could lead to revoked licenses, six-figure fines and criminal prosecution, the agency said.
Starting July 1, licensed testing laboratories will be required to notify state regulators whenever they “suspect, or have reason to suspect” that a batch of marijuana sent for testing could be “adulterated,” according to Denver alt-weekly Westword.
The MED did not say exactly how many instances of adulterated test batches have been detected.
The agency did say it has recorded “many examples” of test batches with an unusual smell, inconsistent texture or discoloration – three factors that could indicate an effort on the part of cultivators to beat the
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