FYI: The Weed You’re Smoking Could Be Contaminated

Pot is now legal for purchase in many parts of California. But if you’re the kind of person who worries about what you put into your body, think twice before buying weed from your local dispensary.

Just 5 percent of the marijuana on store shelves in this state has been tested, according to the Cannabis Industry Association. That’s because there simply aren’t enough testing labs to ensure all pot meets state standards yet. In fact, there are just 19 labs versus 50,000 pot farms right now.

As much as 50 percent of retail pot in California could be contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria or pesticides as a result.

"The current supply of cannabis in the retail market is, I would say questionable," said Tony Daniel with a pot testing lab in Berkeley.

That will remain the case until July 1. Growers and sellers have until then to sell off their untested product before safety requirements kick in. That's what you’re smoking right now.

If you’re a stickler for health, maybe wait until summer.


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