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Would your weed pass the test?

Mother Jones: Which Dangerous Toxins Are in Your Pot?

Grown under the radar of state and federal agricultural authorities, even “medical” cannabis can be covered in toxic mold, raised in rooms filled with shedding pit bulls, or coated in commercial-grade synthetic fertilizers and insecticides such as phosphate and Diazinon, which can be especially toxic if improperly applied. “Under our program a huge advantage is the patient can be assured that their cannabis is being grown in a legally compliant manner,” says [Chris] Van Hook. Well, at least “legally compliant” enough for any eco-conscious stoner.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t think pot itself was made to be ingested. So POT itself is the toxin.

  2. February 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I don’t think pot itself was made to be ingested.

    Is that what the label says?

  3. Joe
    February 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    If you don’t set a standard yourself, then you are only asking for the government to set one for you. How can anybody take this serious if you don’t at least strive towards quality control. As far as “I don’t think pot itself was made to be ingested. So POT itself is the toxin.” Great insight, you must have done a lot of research to have made such a strong and profound statement. Strange how reality, and thoughts rarely dance together. If I had a need to use medical cannabis, I would feel safer knowing that it tested clean.

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Medical cannabis has no place used as medicine if it is grown with pesticides and unclean conditions. I think medical cannabis should be completely regulated like other drugs. Its validity will never be supported until this happens. Who can trust the growers who only care about lining their own pockets with cash and will stoop to any level to make a profit, including using toxic chemicals to produce a better crop.

  5. Decline to State
    February 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Agreed. If pot is to be sold as a medicine it needs to be clean, consistent and with some sort of measurable dosages. Medicine.

  6. Not A Native
    February 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    99.9% of pot sold as medicine is evaluated by the user solely by how stoned it makes them. The proof is in the smoking and the quality test is done by the toker. Maybe the pesticides and other things added to promote plant growth increase the intoxicating effects and make it more effective. Don’t want to give that up, do you?

    Look, there’s no way pot can meet medicinal ‘purity’ standards because there no designation of what is a pure product. If it grows in soil,thats dirty(by definition). And if its a crude plant it has many many uncontrolled components. The best that can be said is ‘its prepared by traditional methods’. And if that includes a little pesticide and soil, so be it.

    BTW the ‘medicinal’ potato skins I ate last night had dirt on them, but they gave me the desired effect. I lost bad feelings of humger and gained good feelings of a full stomach.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Putting aside all known ways to add chemicals to anything, merely just current environmental conditions render ALL POT to be chemically tainted – afterall, it is not as if the air vegetation circulates and uses to photosynthesize (???) is clean AND what about water, it ain’t pure either. So, what part per million of Napoleon Bonaparte last breath of air do we all still breathe?????

    Yep, too many people make it impossible to live a non-chemical impacted life. What to do, what to do……..


  8. Scott
    February 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    NAN, your percentages are way off. A lot of people smoke or otherwise ingest medical cannabis for relief from many ailments, not just the ‘stoned’ factor. Your bias is obvious. It works for people, let’s make sure it’s clean. Do you want rat shit in your oxycontin?

    February 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Some say Oxycontin is rat schit; oops, don’t judge the pharma industry, shhhhhhhhh, quiet.


  10. tra
    February 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I have seen Oxycontin (and other pharmaceuticals) help to ease the pain of a terminal cancer patient.

    It’s a fact that cannabis can ease the nausea and improve the apetites of patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

    It’s not about whether the substance is grown or synthesized, it’s about what works for a given situation.

    I’m all for improving the quality of cannabis, whether it’s being used for medicinal or recreational purposes. In Humboldt many have the opportunity to grow their own, or else they at least know the grower. Most users elsewhere do not have that luxury, so I can certainly understand the desire for testing and quality control.

  11. anonymous
    February 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

    In this day and age a little pit bull hair is the least of your worries.

  12. Thomas Paine Jr
    February 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What is needed is STATEWIDE regulation that does not amend prop 215 in any way. It can be done, if the powers that be actually gave a shit.

  13. Not A Native
    February 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Scott, my numbers come from collecting data at a pot dispensary. Stoners could care less about what’s in it, they care only that it gets them high.

    And the few medical users care mainly about the price. The ones I know buy their pot off the street because its cheaper and they don’t worry about whats in it either. If whats in it was so important, then there wouldn’t be tons of pot trakkicked nationwide, none of which has any quality measure.

    In fact, one often given rationale for pot legalization over some other street drugs is that ‘its never killed anyone’. Regardless of whether that’s true, it shows that the accepted ‘quality standard’ for pot is really simply lack of acute toxicity. Its very low standard, like in medieval times when a king’s food would be deemed safe if the taster didn’t die immediately.

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