While Colorado state regulators struggle to answer basic questions about marijuana potency and testing, an independent study by USA Today found discrepancies in potencies listed on marijuana product labels. These products are not tested for mold, pesticides, and other contaminants before sale. USA Today and KUSA discovered huge gaps in regulation and enforcement, proving that Colorado’s marijuana market is not regulated as promised and remains extremely dangerous. The risks extend beyond consumers and threaten the public health and safety of all citizens, particularly children, teenagers, and young adults who have increasing access to these highly-dangerous products, which often appear kid-friendly and indistinguishable from non-marijuana food and drink.
DENVER — Despite a much-heralded system designed to track every marijuana plant grown and sold, and to independently test samples, Colorado’s recreational pot marketplace very much remains “buyer beware,” in large part because state regulators can’t answer basic questions about the industry they oversee.
State regulators, whose salaries are paid through the fees levied on marijuana growers, processors and retailers, say they’ve focused more on keeping the industry from running afoul of federal prosecutors. They admit they aren’t looking at large amounts of their own data, and acknowledge much of it would be useful to lawmakers and public health experts, as well as the general public.