In yet another pesticide-related crackdown on the marijuana industry, Denver officials removed hundreds of cannabis products from circulation on Tuesday over health concerns.
Earlier this year, the Denver Department of Environmental Health quarantined upwards of 100,000 cannabis plants because of similar health concerns tied to pesticides, according to the Denver Post.
The most recent quarantines reportedly include hundreds of lozenges at Mountain High Suckers and an “undisclosed amount of raw marijuana” at MMJ America, the Post reported. The pesticide at issue is spinosad, which was apparently used in production at both businesses.
The products in question will be removed from store shelves until lab tests can verify their safety, a spokesman for the city told the Post. Additionally, a product recall may be issued.
The city also plans to investigate further to determine where Mountain High Suckers obtained the cannabis used in producing its edibles and whether additional tainted products may have been sold to other vendors.
Pesticide use has been a thorny issue for marijuana growers, with a general lack of state and federal guidance contributing to confusion over which chemicals are OK to use and which are not. The Colorado Department of Agriculture, however, now says it has a list of pesticides that are approved for use on cannabis, the Post reported.