In January, 50 pounds of medical marijuana produced by mostly Michigan caregivers was recalled after it was discovered that it was contaminated with E. coli, arsenic, salmonella and cadmium. Marijuana lab test facilities are mandated in almost all states that have legalized medical cannabis with the exception of states like Oregon.
Heavy metals, microbials and other toxins are commonly found in marijuana, making cannabis lab testing facilities a necessity. In states like Michigan, cannabis testing facility insurance is advisable since the science behind testing for toxins and potency require sophisticated equipment like spectrometers.
The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board is allowing licensed facilities to continue purchasing caregiver-produced product through March 31 to close a supply gap. Registered caregivers have been supplying a limited number of patients for about a decade.
Patients must sign a release if they purchase caregiver-produced marijuana, said David Harns, a spokesman for the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
“The products will not be required to have met state testing standards, so patients need to understand that fact and assume the potential risk that the products may present,” he said.
Patients can have the products examined at a safety compliance facility, Harns said.
The Michigan Coalition of Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratories, which is made up of licensed testers, growers and processors, said the selective enforcement of safety regulations doesn’t ensure patients have access to safe medical marijuana.
“Under this new ruling, Michigan’s most vulnerable patients are buying purported medical cannabis products that could legitimately harm them,” the group said in a statement.
Marijuana product liability insurance and cannabis lab testing facility insurance is very important in order for companies to have the coverage to survive setbacks. The cannabis industry is still in its infancy and while the industry waits for federal marijuana reform, cannabis companies need all the back up they can get. Reach out to David Rahn or Eric Rahn with S2S Insurance Specialists to find out about all of your marijuana insurance needs.