MASSACHUSETTS: The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open in Salem later this month. But it may not have any actual dried marijuana for sale.
The main problem: lead.
“To date, every sample of cannabis that we have tested for heavy metals, particularly lead, would fail the existing regulations ,” said Chris Hudalla, the chief scientific officer at ProVerde Laboratories, one of two marijuana testing facilities in Massachusetts.
Hudalla says plants are failing because the state’s lead standard is unreasonably restrictive.