TruCannabis Issues Product Recall
On Oct. 14, 2015, Denver’s Department of Environmental Health announced that two Colorado marijuana cultivation companies, TruCannabis and its subsidiary, Colorado Care Facility, had issued a voluntary recall on dozens of their products due to the use of unsafe pesticides. This is just one of many high profile recalls in recent months as the state begins to grapple with the issue of regulating pesticides.
The pesticide-laden products were discovered in the aftermath of another product recall made by a company called Mahatma Concentrates. At the request of the city, TruCannabis began testing its inventory and found three of its products contained the unapproved pesticide, which prompted the recall.
“As soon as those results came in, we quarantined it all,” Bruce Nassau, CEO of TruCannabis, told The Denver Post. “We’re not happy about this at all, and it’s an embarrassment, not at all indicative of our business practices.”
The recalled marijuana products are as follows: Venom, CCC, Lab 710, Mahatma, White Mousse, Top Shelf, Zuni Wellness (The Lab), The Growing Kitchen, THChocolate, Stay Con, TC Labs, The Lab, Better Concentrates, CWD and TR Scientific.
If you have any marijuana concentrates labeled with the following cultivation facility numbers, you may have a recalled product: 403R-00053, 403-00612 or 403R-00057. Those with dried marijuana will either show one of the previously listed numbers or the following facility number: 403-00149.
Officials from the Denver Department of Environmental Health urged consumers who purchased the recalled items to return the products or destroy them.
At the heart of the pesticide issue is the fact that there are no EPA-approved pesticides for use with marijuana, which mostly stems from the disconnect between state and federal marijuana laws. This lack of oversight has left many growers to make their best guesses and states to pick up the pieces.
In an effort to combat the use of pesticides, Colorado has come up with a perfunctory list of approved pesticides to use, but doubts still remain. Regulators are currently working to strengthen the list of approved pesticides and have a draft set of rules they are considering.
Under the new rules, there would only be 75 approved pesticides for marijuana use and all of them would either be so non-toxic that they would not need to be registered with the federal government or safe enough that they would not leave a residue.
When the rules were first announced, officials at TruCannabis decried the new guidelines. Chief cultivation officer Rob Jany commented that he would lose half of what he uses right now under the proposed guidelines; however, considering the circumstances today, opinions have likely changed.
Currently, there is no word as to when regulators will consider the draft set of pesticide rules, but many expect lawmakers to take up the issue by December or the beginning of the new year.