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Colorado study finds state’s marijuana contains
high THC levels, low to no CBD, and lots of contaminants
 
Scheduled to present study findings before a national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Andy LaFrate, who owns a testing lab certified by the state to test pot for potency, tested some 600 marijuana samples provided by Colorado growers. Average levels of THC, the component in marijuana that produces the “high,” were 18.7 percent. Some were as high as 30 percent. Most marijuana typically contains well below 10 percent THC.
 
He also found high levels of contaminants. “We don’t want to be alarmists and freak people out, but at the same time we have been finding some really dirty marijuana,” he said. Some buds he viewed were covered in fungi while several flowers he tested were “crawling” with up to 1 million fungal spores.
 
What he didn't see “astonished” him, according to this NBC News report. The 600-plus samples contained little to no cannabidiol (CBD), on average only 0.1 percent.
 
“It’s disturbing to me because there are people out there who think they’re giving their kids Charlotte’s Web. And you could be giving them no CBD – or even worse, you could be giving them a THC-rich product which might actually increase seizures,” he said. “So, it’s pretty scary on the medical side.”
 
He also tested marijuana concentrates and found some contained butane, the solvent often used to extract THC from the plant. He did not test any marijuana edibles. Read story here.
Doctors vs Lawmakers in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania lawmakers heard testimony from physicians as to whether marijuana has any medical use. Instead of passing a medical marijuana law in the state, the doctors called for funding for research and FDA approval of marijuana-based medicines.
 
Attending the hearing was would-be pot capitalist Zippy Ziskind, pictured above, of Camden’s Zipco Wine Cellars who told a reporter that some of his clients want him to expand his business from wine-storage coolers to marijuana grow rooms. He provided commentary to the reporter throughout the hearing.
 
Columbia University professor Dr. John C.M. Brust, whom the American Academy of Neurology tapped to evaluate 1,700 studies for evidence that pot helps neurological diseases, said some pot compounds probably are effective for some but not all symptoms of MS. However, “none have been shown to help epilepsy and seizures, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome,” or others diseases proposed in Bill 3 being considered by lawmakers.
 
“Show me a randomized prospective controlled study that shows marijuana is good for basal-cell carcinoma and I’ll read it," Dr. Brust said. “Anecdote and testimonial is not research."

Dr. Charles Cutler, vice president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, urged lawmakers to read the society’s white paper titled “Is Marijuana Medicine?”
 
But most of the lawmakers seemed to reject the doctors’ advice, preferring anecdote to science.
 
Read Pennsylvania Medical Society white paper here.

Read news article here.
Boston medical marijuana “facility” sponsors
outdoor Easter egg hunt, hiding plastic eggs that contained marijuana edibles and vouchers for more.

An Instagram controversy erupted this week between Cannimals Edibles and the Boston Bake Shop, two medical marijuana “facilities” that appear to be selling marijuana edibles before the state has licensed any dispensaries.

Cannimals sponsored an Easter egg hunt throughout the city of Boston, hiding plastic eggs that contained marijuana-infused candies and vouchers. Read story here. Warning: Contains profanity.

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