Canadian Company Forced to Recall MMJ Over Potency

A Canadian cannabis company is recalling two batches of medical marijuana that the government claims are too potent.

Peace Naturals Project Inc. had labeled the marijuana as containing 9.07% THC. But when inspected by a third party, it was determined that it contained THC levels as high as 13.7%, Health Canada said on its website.

Though no complaints were received, the increased level of THC could present a health risk, the agency said.

Medical marijuana is legal at the federal level in Canada, unlike in the United States.

Health Canada regularly inspects marijuana batches, which are subject to compliance and enforcement measures like any other controlled substance. The agency said it has issued four marijuana recalls for reasons including mold and “questionable production practices.”

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11 comments on “Canadian Company Forced to Recall MMJ Over Potency
  1. Michelle on

    Although to some, the difference in potency which triggered the recall might not seem like a big deal, particularly when there are strains out there pushing 25-27% potency levels, it does illustrate the importance and benefits of an efficient and well regulated national mmj market. Canadians should feel very lucky…now if we can just get US Gov’t to figure it out.

  2. Scott on

    Please don’t applaud a system that is forcing a recall when there is MORE of the medicine than what was claimed. And we aren’t talking 25-27% only 13.7%. Furthermore patients are forced to purchase dried flower (outside of B.C.)which is certainly the least healthy means of delivery. There are several other issues at stake but I’ll only address that.

  3. Eric on

    This is a joke. nothing but a bureaucracy trying to show how useful they are.

    Their is currently no way to truly test the effects or true “strength” of cannabis as their are thousands of compounds influencing the effects, and some of these compounds drastically enhance, or dull the effects of thc (the sum is greater than the parts). So a flower could rate 17% thc, but get you less high then a flower testing 12% thc. Canadians are enforcing pseudo-science.

    And not only that in 1 pound of bud if you test one nug and then test another nug using the exact same technique it could result in a % difference noted in the article. I’ve heard of people getting consistently 8% difference in results between the two major techniques used by labs.

    Their is a new technique that just came out using light that Is supposedly more accurate and gives results instantly, but we’ll see.

  4. Steve W on

    Well if Health Canada is going to recall cannabis every time the potency varies from the original test results then they are going to be very, very busy boys and the Canadian system will fail if producers are held to such a standard of repeatability.
    I have studied this extensively and we have found that most cannabis strains have great variability both within the plant and from plant to plant in potency. If one tests one sample from a given lot and then randomly selects another sample from the same lot one will, more often than not, have very different test results.
    In Washington State we must test every 5 pound lot of flower and let me tell you the chances of getting the same result twice from most strains is almost infinitesimal! If you’d like to see a fuller discussion of this phenomenon look at our website scroll down and click on where it says ” THC Testing and What You Should Know”.

    Good luck Canadians!

  5. Budzu on

    We all have to remember that people buying this are not just for themselves to get high off, but also for the elderly and people that actually dont want a full massive high. They might just want it to stop the ADHD etc and so this is a great step in making sure everyone knows that there is someone out there – its not just a cowboy stage.

  6. maxwood on

    It is as though the bureaucrats assumed everyone was going to torch up a H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide Joint causing Combustion-related health issues maliciously attributed to the cannabis instead of to the faulty delivery procedure.

    Increasing numbers of users are converting to Vaporization or to a flexdrawtube one-hitter permitting 25-mg single toke servings instead of 500-mg-per-lightup Joint (or 700-mg commercial $igarette). Therefore an overdose of THC will soon be impossible. But universal awareness of microdosage options will not be welcome to the $igarette oligarchs who provide big TAX revenues to Government.

  7. Doc on

    That would be like recalling yogurt because it has more probiotics than measured at the manufacturer. Inactive cannabinoids can convert to thc with curing, which is probably what happened to here. Obviously a range needs to be given rather than a specific number.
    Long on erbb, grcu, and erbb

  8. jim mcDermott on

    I didn’t realize that the Canadian Feds are OK with MMJ. In our USA, the Feds are always saying “we need more studies, more info” I’d like to know what studies were used to put MJ on the Schedule 1 list.

  9. Ron Nemeth on

    An overdose on cannabis is scientifically IMPOSSIBLE and always will be impossible but regardless this is like Pfizer giving a person 100mg of oxycodone and labeling it 60 mg. Sloppy. Yet another of a looong list of reasons to let patients maintain their licenses and grow their own.

  10. bongstar420 on

    Huh. I’d wanna just raise the price. They just cherry picked a bottom bud. These people need to pick bottom and tops to the ratio in the batch and sample a homogenized quantity. Gah

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