Warning: session_start(): open(/opt/alt/php74/var/lib/php/session/sess_90f49eb25455ef584f19b2cf6c796c3d, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/themes/mushroomstocks/functions.php on line 278

Warning: session_start(): Failed to read session data: files (path: /opt/alt/php74/var/lib/php/session) in /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/themes/mushroomstocks/functions.php on line 278
Is Your Dispensary Lying To You? - Mushroomstocks | Mushroomstocks
Albert Labs announces Strategic Investment from Cantheon Capital LLC for First In-Human TrialsMindMed Reports Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Business HighlightsCybin to Participate in the Oppenheimer 33rd Annual Healthcare ConferenceNuminus to Participate in the Sequire Cannabis & Psychedelics Conference on Wednesday, April 5, 2023Braxia Scientific Provides Update on Proposed Irwin Transaction; Company Retains Strategic Clinical Assets and Ketamine Numinus Announces Four Peer-Reviewed Publications from its Chief Clinical Officer in 2023Irwin Naturals Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Braxia ScientificNuminus Wellness Inc. Reports Q1 2023 ResultsIrwin Naturals and Braxia Scientific Announce Partnership for In-Human Clinical Studies Supporting Pharmaceutical CompanNuminus Develops Mushroom Tea for Use in Psychedelic ResearchIs the Psychedelic Sector Poised for a Comeback?!?PSYC + Nucleus Form New Partnership to Develop and Launch Psychedelic FinderWhat You Need to Know About Numinus Wellness…Numinus provides update on acquisition integration and announces new client financing optionsPSYC Corp’s Psychedelic Spotlight Surpasses One Million Page Views for Fourth Consecutive MonthNuminus to Participate in the H.C. Wainwright 24th Annual Global Investment Conference on September 12-14, 2022The Psychedelic Sector is Quietly Outperforming the S&P 500PSYC Completes and Publishes 2021 Audited Financials; Will Begin Audit of Q1 & Q2 2022Numinus to Participate in the H.C. Wainwright 24th Annual Global Investment Conference on September 12-14, 2022PSYC’s Bonfire Platform Development Progresses; Will Host Free Virtual Community Event on August 29th

Is Your Dispensary Lying To You?

Jun 28, 2017 • 6:55 PM EDT
4 MIN READ  •  By Michael Berger
Share Share - Facebook Share - Twitter

Derek Thomas – Political Analyst

As the marijuana reform movement grows around the country and legal marijuana becomes a reality, the many great promises of legal weed are beginning to be realized. Reduced prices. More selection. Consistent supply. No legal troubles or safety concerns. No annoying or sketchy drug dealers.

Perhaps one of the most important, at least to some, is consistent and regulated quality. While the black market has certainly provided for us while the government got its act together, many of the marijuana smoked contained harmful pesticides, fungicides, mold, heavy metals, and even additives to make if feel like it was getting us higher.

That’s one of the troubles with the black market, a lack of regulation allows opportunistic individuals to take advantage of customers. Serving them product that may be harmful to them without them even knowing it.

Legal weed should fix that. State government regulated testing facilities exist in every market, and customers who buy from dispensaries feel comforted in knowing that their weed is tested for potency and a litany of potential harmful ingredients.

But what if part of that was a lie?

In the mortgage crises of 2007/2008, it was discovered that the ratings agencies of Moodys and Standard and Poors were in collusion with the big banks to give favorable ratings to garbage mortgage backed securities. It was a rigged system.

What if testing facilities and dispensaries are running a similar shame and lying to us about the THC percentage of marijuana? In a culture where many customers are focused on the strongest THC count they can find, that drives many brands and growers to have the strongest products.

Is it possible that in the same way banks went ratings shopping, that growers are going percentage shopping?

Yes. In fact, it’s an unfortunate certainty in some markets.

A recent Vice News report highlighted this growing troubling trend. Charley Town, a manager at Goat Labs in Washington State, says he has been pressured by clients to increase the potency percentage of their batches. When asked further, he went on to say that he has received calls from growers directly saying that they were ‘shopping around’ for laboratories and that its happening often in the industry.

Mr. Town further proves his point by testing a batch of cannabis oil from a dispensary claiming that the product was 30% THC. Goat labs determined that the sample was under 19% THC. With an 11% difference, there is no room for human, rounding, or calibration errors – that is a blatant lie.

Unfortunately, most state oversight on labs is not strong and mostly relies on the honor system. Once a lab has its certifications, a few annual (if that) checks may take place, but more often than not, the industry is left to its own devices. While this is somewhat understandable in a burgeoning industry that is regulated at a state level, it is nonetheless a dangerous trend that needs proactive measures to be taken immediately.

Washington has recently been considering tightening regulation since a secret shopper program discovered deviations in test results which were severe enough to warrant an investigation. While Washington may be actively working to correct this issue, some states do not even have testing requirements in place yet!

Many issues arise out of this shady practice. If labs are willing to compromise on THC percentages to gain more clients, are they willing to compromise on pesticide or mold contaminants? One of the most widely used pesticides in black market marijuana is Eagle 20, or Myclobutanil, and is a neurotoxin that causes brain and nerve damage if smoked in too high of a concentration. Similarly, inhalation of black mold – even when burnt at high temperatures – can be incredibly damaging to the lungs and may cause severe respiratory infections.

Even if labs are only willing to fudge their THC content, this is still a huge issue. Integrity and morality issues aside, some patients require exact dosing for their conditions and can be harmed if they receive too much, too little, or even the wrong ratios of compounds.

As cannabis takes root across the country, the last thing the industry needs is a PR nightmare related to some bad batch of weed that makes patients sick.

When national legalization takes place, there is no doubt that federal testing requirements will be instilled and monitored. While the nuances of that are a whole other topic, states that do allow medical and recreational marijuana need to get their acts together.

Share Share - Facebook Share - Twitter


Authored By

Michael Berger

Michael Berger is Managing Partner of StoneBridge Partners, LLC and Founder of Mushroomstocks.com. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Michael was an Equity Research Analyst at Raymond James Financial covering the Energy Sector. Michael has been featured in publications such as The Street, Bloomberg, US Money News, and hosts various cannabis events across North America.


Top Stories

Get the Latest Cannabis News & Stock Picks.

Enter your email below to join the official Mushroomstocks newsletter.

 All good -- no spamming here.

The psychedelics sector is starting to take off as smart money begins to position itself across the industry.

Stay updated with all latest updates,upcoming events & much more.

Fatal error: Uncaught ErrorException: md5_file(/home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/litespeed/css/ef515654372b399c62c00214852a5384.css.tmp): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimizer.cls.php:126 Stack trace: #0 [internal function]: litespeed_exception_handler(2, 'md5_file(/home/...', '/home/useaicwl/...', 126, Array) #1 /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimizer.cls.php(126): md5_file('/home/useaicwl/...') #2 /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimize.cls.php(797): LiteSpeed\Optimizer->serve('https://mushroo...', 'css', true, Array) #3 /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimize.cls.php(319): LiteSpeed\Optimize->_build_hash_url(Array) #4 /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimize.cls.php(252): LiteSpeed\Optimize->_optimize() #5 /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php(310): LiteSpeed\Optimize->f in /home/useaicwl/public_html/wp-content/plugins/litespeed-cache/src/optimizer.cls.php on line 126