Regulators in Vermont Remove Potentially Contaminated Marijuana from Stores!

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After a customer reported feeling ill after smoking some marijuana, Vermont authorities confiscated the product from five establishments out of an abundance of caution.

Earlier this week, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board issued a warning to consumers about the possible presence of pesticides in all of Holland Cannabis Co.’s marijuana products. Marijuana purchased from these five locations that were grown by Holland Cannabis must be returned to the store.

Waterbury’s Zenbarn, Derby’s The High Country Cannabis, St. Johnsbury’s The Green Man, Morrisville’s Lamoille County Cannabis, and Montpelier’s Capital Cannabis Company are the locations in question.

James Pepper, chairman of the Cannabis Control Board, said on Friday that the person who bought marijuana from the Derby outlet complained of headaches, stomach ache, and nausea. Pepper said testing revealed the product included the fungicide myclobutanil, which is banned in states where cannabis production is legal.

The samples from the other four stores are still being examined, and board members are hoping to have preliminary results as early as Monday, he said.

Pepper speculated that further testing will help eliminate any remaining uncertainties, allowing for swift action to be taken against those involved.

Using an illegal pesticide will result in the immediate disposal of any tainted goods and a fine, according to Pepper.

Holland Cannabis’s attorney, Brice Simon, stated that his client is collaborating fully with the board and is interested in determining where the contamination occurred, whether it occurred before or after the product left the farm.

Growers must have their product evaluated for a variety of things, including pesticides, potency, and diseases, according to Pepper.

The marijuana had tested negative at Holland Cannabis, but Pepper is dubious because of the company’s history.

I think we’ll be able to rule out if that was accidental or lucky, you know, versus purposeful or careless,” Pepper added.

He said that the cultivator had applied for and was waiting for state registration. Simon asserted that the registrations’ acceptance was supported and that Holland Cannabis was not illegally supplying the drug.

After samples tested positive for Salmonella and Aspergillus fungus in 2021, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that dispensaries were voluntarily recalling eight marijuana products due to possible contamination. This recall followed a similar recall in Oregon in December due to pesticide contamination.

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