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Michigan Contaminated Caregiver Medical Marijuana Recalled

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.

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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.

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Cannabis Testing is Not An Exact Science

As the interest in legal cannabis grows, government agencies and consumers alike will want to know what they are consuming. Cannabis testing of products is becoming a standard in all states that legalize medicinal use or recreational use marijuana. The standards for this testing vary state to state. In some states cannabis testing is carried out similarly to that of pharmaceuticals. Some states are testing for purity, contaminants, and potency, while others are testing for only 2 or 1 of those elements.

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Cannabis Testing varies from state to state

The cannabis industry has looked to the federal level for guidance on cannabis testing, but have received no help from federal agencies. Cannabis carries a schedule I designation under the Controlled Substances Act, designated by the DEA thus making it an illegal drug. Because of the illegality of marijuana federal agencies refuse to issue any standards regarding cannabis testing or any other form of regulation dealing with the drug. The federal government has taken a hard stance that even with states legalizing both medical and recreations use of the plant, federally these agencies see the drugs as an illegal substance. The federal government’s stance on the issue leaves states to individual mandate testing as they see appropriate for their states and consumers.

State regulators have had no guidance from the federal agencies that usually set health and safety standards for agriculture, food and medicine because the federal government considers marijuana to be illegal. They have been hampered by the fact that there’s little research on how marijuana tainted with potential toxins affects humans, partly because the federal government funds limited marijuana research. And they’ve also had to adjust testing regulations to reflect the costs and amount of tests fledgling legal marijuana markets can handle.

In Oregon, for instance, initial rules rolled out in October 2016 for marijuana testing and laboratory accreditation contributed to backlogs at laboratories and shortages of product on dispensary shelves. Regulators, seeking to ease the pressure on the market, issued new rules that December that reduced the number of times a harvest, or a batch of chocolates or candies, would have to be tested.

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Cannabis testing helps to protect the cannabis business owner

As insurance specialists, we at S2S Insurance want to provide cannabis business owners with the necessary information to make wise decisions that will impact the success of their business. We would tell all businesses owners to become aware of the requirements in their particular state regarding testing. Understanding the regulations in your state early in the business planning process can help a business owner begin to estimate costs. Laboratory testing of any kind is never inexpensive and cannabis testing is no different. Cannabis business owners should not overlook this requirement if it is a state mandate. Business owners should also be aware of the risks that are associated with cannabis testing and protect themselves. While cannabis testing is meant to protect the end consumer mistakes are made. Testing is complicated and requires the upmost attention to detail which creates room for error. The margin for error increases as the requirements become more stringent. Business owners should be protect themselves with product liability insurance that can help mitigate risk in case of issues of recalls, production stoppages, and law suits.

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