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Almost half of Maine medical marijuana may contain mold and pesticides

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Two studies have found contaminants in a high percentage of medical cannabis samples in Maine.


Vern Malloch of the state’s Office of Cannabis Policy said 127 samples were tested recently, and 45 percent failed for yeast, mold and pesticides.


“It’s alarming because, A, that it’s so high,” Malloch said. “And B, I think it’s alarming because folks don’t know. And I think folks assume that what they’re buying from a regulated market is tested and is free of contamination like this, and it’s simply not the case.”

Almost half of Maine medical marijuana may contain mold and pesticides

Another study by Nova Analytic Labs found 20 percent of 1,400 samples failed for pesticides. Lab officials said the actual rate is likely higher because the testing was voluntary.


Unlike the state’s adult-use market, there is no mandated testing for medical cannabis. Officials with Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy said the Legislature should give them the authority to require testing and tracking.


This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

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