Strained: Quality control of Colorado’s big seller

By David Cook & Natalia Bayona

Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division is taking its final steps in establishing licensed quality testing facilities that will screen all recreational pot for harmful contaminants. By next year, all growers must send their products off to one of a handful of state-licensed testing labs that look for bacteria, mold, mildew, and toxic solvents used to make concentrates, like butane and heptane. Scientists hope this type of testing will shine a light on how contaminants are affecting smokers. Some consumers don’t think it’s necessary to implement widespread testing just yet because doctors aren’t seeing a large influx of sick patients due to dirty production. Our subjects disagreed about what these new regulations will mean for the industry.

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