A television news investigation revealed that unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are selling products contaminated with pesticides that have been banned by state regulators. The report from KNBC in Los Angeles purchased vape cartridges and cannabisflower from 24 dispensaries and delivery services in the area and found nearly 30 percent had traces of prohibited chemicals.
Reporters then had the cannabis products they purchased tested by Brightside Scientific in Long Beach, a lab licensed by the state to test cannabis products. The lab found that seven of the samples tested contained chemicals banned by state regulations that went into effect in July of last year, including malathion, bifenazate, and myclobutanil. Many of the chemicals banned by the state can cause serious health problems–including organ failure–when they are smoked or vaporized. The fungicide myclobutanil, for example, can release hydrogen cyanide when heated.
“Why would you want to put poison in your body,” said Hinaxi Patel, the technical director at Brightside Scientific, noting some of the damage exposure the chemicals can cause.
“You’re talking respiratory disease, cancer,” Patel said.