Lab tests find mold and pesticides in marijuana and cannabis edibles

From granola to breakfast cereals, reports have detected pesticides in a number of American foods. And, according to a new study by California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, these chemicals are making their way into weed edibles.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria, like E. coli and salmonella, were discovered in tested batches of marijuana products — and nearly 20% of the samples failed to pass recently introduced purity and potency checks in California.

In January, cannabis enthusiasts rejoiced when California legalized recreational marijuana. Crowds lined up at dispensaries, spending an estimated $339 million in just two months of its legalization. In July, checks of marijuana products were mandated statewide, requiring that all marijuana products meet regulatory requirements (like accurate labeling), or otherwise be destroyed.

A crowd at a West Hollywood marijuana dispensary David Mcnew/Getty Images

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