Major Ohio Cannabis Processor Sells THC-Infused Chocolate Edibles Contaminated With High Levels Of Cadmium!
Before we get into the nitty gritty of Ohios's continually expanding medical marijuana program, there is an important announcement we feel obligated to pass along to our loyal readers. If any of you are in the Ohio area and are currently a cold-holding cannabis patient, listen up!
This week, officials issued a product recall that impacts close to 20% of all operational dispensaries across the state, but is only specific to one brand, Encore Edibles.
Encore Edibles Dark Chocolate Indica
Encore Edibles, produced by Canton processor Mother Grows Best, failed one of the most important tests required for a product to be eligible for sale on the open market. Despite that fact, somehow their tainted goods ended up for sale in 8 dispensaries over the course of the last 2 months.
Lab tests conducted by the state showed high levels of a heavy metal and carcinogen called Cadmium, which is routinely found in the soil and water of gardens.
The problem is that both carcinogens and heavy metals can be absorbed by plants and as a result, can make their way into food products like these chocolate edibles.
The Ohio Department Of Commerce has yet to disclose how they were made aware of the violation, but said that the Encore Edibles (Dark Chocolate Indica) were distributed and sold in at least 8 out of the 51 dispensaries currently operating today.
If you purchased this product between Aug. 17th and Oct. 1st, you may have ended up with one of the tainted chocolates. See the bottom of this announcement for a detailed list of locations where the edibles were sold, as well as product ID numbers and all other relevant identifying information.
While this is the first time Mother Grows Best has been the subject of a recall, it is the 4th time for the Ohio medical marijuana program. Hopefully, this will be the last!
The Department of Commerce said that if you have this product, you should return it to the dispensary where you bought it even if it has been used*
*Part of the MMP program sets limits on how much medical marijuana you can purchase and possess, however returning these will have no impact on your ability to purchase a replacement. So if you are worried you won't be able to get more medicine, there is nothing to fear.
Affected Products & Locations They Were Sold
- Have A Heart Cincy (Cincinnati): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001310
- Zen Leaf (Canton): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001083
- Pure Ohio Wellness (Dayton): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001219
- Greenleaf Apothecaries (Akron): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001105
- Ohio Cannabis Company (Coshocton): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001124
- Greenleaf Apothecaries (Cleveland): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001137
- Greenleaf Apothecaries (Columbus): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001191
- Greenleaf Apothecaries (Canton): M00000078821; Batch Number 1A40701000020D1000001111
So far the biggest and most dangerous instance of tainted cannabis products was the vape cart crisis of 2018/2019. Multiple people died of acute respiratory illness that was linked to an additive in the carts called Vitamin E.
However, after further investigation it was found that the majority of the cases involved illegal/black market products and therefore can't really be blamed on the legal industry, where significant lab testing is required before anything can be sold on the open market.