On Friday, Denver’s 19th recall of cannabis, extracts, or cannabis-infused products occurred. The Denver Post – which has done a valuable public service with its very informative reporting on the matter – is maintaining a running list of all the recalls.
An individual perusing the above list might notice that the recalls consist primarily of cannabis extractions and infused products. In fact, only 4 of the 19 recalls have included actual cannabis plant material – or the flowers that people typically smoke – in its raw, unprocessed form. Regarding the 15 recalls that consist of edibles, concentrates, and other infused products, the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s (DEH) notices will generally consist of language to the effect of, “[Marijuana Infused Product Manufacturer] is recalling marijuana-infused products that were derived from potentially contaminated plant material purchased from [Cultivation Facility].”
This is all well and good, and many have expressed the sentiment that the recalls mean that Colorado’s regulated system is working as it should by identifying quality control issues and removing contaminated products from circulation. This is true, but only to an extent. The whole truth is that Denver’s pesticide recalls have a very big blind spot.