California Lab: Majority of Pot Samples Contain Traces of Deadly Pesticide


It’s even classified as a chemical weapon.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

Steep Hill, a testing lab, found that 84% of samples tested at its Berkeley facility over a 30-day period tested positive for pesticide residues, more than expected. Alarmingly, about 65% of samples tested positive for Myclobutanil, a common food pesticide that becomes highly toxic when heated.

In a debate, California congressional candidate and current Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones (R) cites the oft repeated statistics that emergency room visits and driving under the influence have increased in Colorado since legalization. Politifact rates this half-true: ER visits have increased, but it’s not clear about the driving.While THC overdoses aren’t fatal, and these ER visits appear to rarely if ever result in lasting harm, a reader writes to say those visits can still be extremely unpleasant:

“Very sorry to hear that you don’t take the accidental ingestion of WAY to much edibles by high school students seriously. One of my daughter’s friends (age 16) ended up at the ER after such an incident. She had her stomach pumped. This is gross. I really don’t feel that it’s okay because she recovered.” 

New 3D-imaging from China has produced the most-detailed image yet of CB1, the brain’s primary THC receptor.
Legal pot in Colorado appears to be getting more potent.
A new study looks at the environmental impact of grows in northern California.

Philly medical schools Jefferson and Temple announced a MED research partnership.

Israeli pharmacies will start selling MED.

The Denver Post endorsed the city’s social use ballot initiative.

The New York Times editorializes: “States are driving the change in marijuana policy because they see the damage created by draconian drug laws on communities, families and state budgets. It’s time the federal government acknowledged these costs and got out of the way of states adopting more rational laws.”

Next year, Alaska’s Fairbanks Borough will vote on banning cannabis businesses. An Anchorage, Ak., elementary school apologized after parents received an ant-pot business robocall.

Detroit closed dozens of dispensaries for non-compliance.

Under heavy criticism for his war on drugs, the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte said he wasrealigning the country with China instead of the U.S. His aides were quick to backpedal.

The liberal Scottish National Party endorsed decriminalizing MED.