Mainers At Risk Over Tainted Medical Marijuana
According to a recent report from the Maine cannabis regulator, roughly half of the state's medical marijuana (MMJ) on the market is tainted with contaminants such as yeast, mold, pesticides, or other harmful substances, reported Green Market Report.
The Maine Office of Cannabis Policy’s 49-page document suggests that out of 120 samples, including 101 different types of flower, 18 vape cartridges and one edible tested, 50 would not have met the state's standards for recreational cannabis.
“This data indicate that Maine’s medical cannabis program needs a comprehensive solution to reform and modernize the system in order to protect Maine’s patients,” John Hudak, director of the OCP, commented on the fact that 42% of products from 112 registered caregivers and eight dispensaries failed the testing.
Hudak emphasized that the 106,000 medical cannabis patients in Pine Tree State are “at risk each day of complicating their medical conditions and experiencing symptoms of contamination that can be mistaken for symptoms associated with their condition.”
Physicians Demand Education On Cannabis Risks To Children
Meanwhile, members of the American Medical Association House of Delegates recently said more needs to be done to educate physicians and the public on the health risks of cannabis to children as well as potential risks to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, reported MedPage Today.
"My patients are often surprised to hear me say that cannabis should not be used during pregnancy," said Albert Hsu, MD, a Missouri delegate to the …