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Denver Cracks Down on Food Safety Violations Among Edible Marijuana Manufacturers

If the overdosing and concentrations in Colorado’s edible marijuana foods don’t get you, maybe the pathogens will.

In a sweep of the new marijuana food manufacturers, the Denver Department of Environmental Health has found 58 critical violations at 24 establishments. More than 50 of these edible businesses have opened statewide since recreational pot sales became legal in the Mile High State. Most are located in the Mile High City.

City environmental health officials did the unannounced inspections since March, about the time reports were surfacing about the problems with dosing and THC concentrations in the state’s new menu of marijuana edibles, including a wide variety of food products.

Inspectors found typical problems, including failure to refrigerate products to avoid bacterial growth. The inspections have brought three recalls and the destruction of thousands of dollars worth of product found to be unsafe for human consumption.

In these inspections, the city applied the same food safety standards to the pot businesses as it does to restaurants and other food businesses.

Separately, the Marijuana Enforcement Division is looking at the dosage and concentration problems that have surfaced since pot became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Edible pot overdosing is said to have been a factor in multiple emergency room visits by children and in two adult deaths.

In addition, the Colorado Legislature has asked for a study of how to best package edibles to avoid their mistaken consumption by children.

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  • Juergen Meixner

    Please, where is the source for the two deaths in adult person, I like to analyze them.

    Furthermore, there is no overdosing, cause this exists only in drugs which are fatal.

    Cannabis is probably the least toxic therapeutically active substance known to man. Its Therapeutic Ratio (TR) is so high as to be virtually impossible to calculate but is believed to be between 1:20000 and 1:40000. Thus if 100mg of cannabis would produce an effect, between two to four kilos (taken at once) would be fatal. This amount is, of course, impossible to consume.

    Therapeutic Ratio (TR) is the ratio of effective dose for 50% of users (ED50) to lethal dose for 50% of users (LD50). The TR of alcohol is 1:20. TR of heroin is 1:5.

    Also, cannabis works on our body because it modulates the endocannabinoid system which consists of a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body and endocannabinoids which are the body’s natural chemicals equivalent to the chemicals in the cannabis plant. The CB1 receptor is now believed to be the most prevalent receptor in the brain but does not exist in the brain stem which controls the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This is why, unlike opiates, alcohol or other drugs, cannabis cannot depress basic life functions to the point of death.

    Many doctors are unaware of the endcocannabinoid system because it was only discovered in 1988 and so has only recently been documented in medical education. It is now believed to be the most important physiological system in our body, regulating the central nervous system, immune, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems. This is why mankind has found cannabis such a safe and effective medicine for at least 5,000 years for such a wide variety of conditions.

  • Catherine Musgrave

    Juergen – one thing you failed to think abut is that most people have not consumed edible marijuana, therefore, they would not know if they would have a bad reaction to it. Like any consumable, there are a multitude of factors that can cause death. You make it sound like this drug is like consuming a Popsicle and won’t harm a flea, if it alters your mental capacity in anyway, it is a drug and should be treated as such. Mankind has used marijuana in many forms but not necessarily to consume, also for 5,000 years has mankind been able to extract THC from the plant to place into consumables? The issue is that THC can affect mental status and not necessarily in a good way, this causes a multitude if other issues. The concern is that most drugs are regulated, yet marijuana (especially in edibles) does not seem to have the strict regulations that others do. Most people have jumped on the band wagon due to being greedy and not necessarily thinking of marijuana as a medicinal therapy for those that are ill.