Testing Failures Lead to MMJ Shortages, Losses in Nevada

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Strict testing standards have led to a shortage of medical cannabis in Nevada, with pounds of marijuana destroyed after testing too high for pesticides, mycotoxins and heavy metals.

That’s already forced at least one dispensary to delay its opening, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

“Several batches” of MMJ have failed to meet testing standards, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in financial losses for growers, the paper reported.

So far, only a handful of dispensaries are open in the state, but many more are expected to launch in the coming months.

If growers aren’t able to adjust their cultivation practices to meet both demand and testing requirements, it could lead to price hikes, long customer lines and further delays in dispensary openings.