Vermont regulators removed marijuana, potentially contaminated with pesticides, from five retailers after consumers reported feeling sick after smoking it.
Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board last week issued consumer protection alerts for all strains of marijuana produced by grower Holland Cannabis due to pesticide contamination. Customers who purchased marijuana grown by Holland Cannabis at five specific stores will be asked to return it to the retailer.
The store is Zenburn in Waterbury. Derby High Country Cannabis. Green Man of St. Johnsbury. Morrisville’s Lamoille County Cannabis, Montpelier’s Capital Cannabis Company.
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People who bought marijuana at the Derby store complained of headaches, stomachaches and nausea, Cannabis Control Board Chairman James Pepper said Friday. It contained the fungicide microbutanil, Pepper said.
“We hope that this next test will rule out any issues that are still unresolved so that appropriate action can be taken against those responsible,” Pepper said.
Unlicensed pesticide use is a violation, Pepper said, leading to automatic disposal of contaminated products and penalties.
Brice Simon, an attorney representing Holland Cannabis, said his clients are fully cooperating with their boards to find the source of contamination, whether it occurs before or after the product leaves the producer. He said he wanted to stop him.
Among other things, producers should test their products for pesticides, potency, and pathogens, Pepper said.
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Holland Cannabis did a clean test for marijuana, which Pepper now calls questionable.
“I would rule out whether it was by chance or luck, intentional or negligent,” Pepper said.
He said the producer has applied for state registration but has not yet been approved. .
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