State Health Agency Has No Evidence That Marijuana Killed Anyone

ARIZONA:  After five years of legal medical-marijuana in Arizona, health department officials say this week they have no evidence that marijuana has been the cause of any death in the state.

Nor can the same officials present to the public any supporting evidence behind a 2013 study that claims the deaths of 62 kids were “associated” with marijuana.

The study was brought into prominence this week after anti-legalization activist Sheila Polk, the four-term Yavapai County Attorney, used it to prop up her point that marijuana is dangerous.

Testing Of Colorado Marijuana For Contaminants To Begin This Year

COLORADO:  Months after ordering tests to determine the potency of Colorado-grown pot, state regulators are zeroing in on another concern: How sick one can get from a bad batch?

Sometime in the coming months, recreational marijuana producers must begin testing for bacteria, fungus, heavy metals and solvents before their products reach store shelves. Four labs in Colorado will test for levels of E. coli, salmonella and aspergillus, a fungus that can cause allergic reactions and lung infections. They’ll also look for butane and other solvents used to refine marijuana into concentrated oils, as well as heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.

Businesses that fail to meet purity benchmarks cannot sell anything from that batch.

But opinions differ on how prevalent, and how dangerous, such substances are in marijuana sold in Colorado’s burgeoning pot industry. The new requirements do not apply to pesticides, which aren’t subject to across-the-board testing. Nor is medical marijuana regulated for contaminants. And it’s unclear when the testing mandate will take effect.



Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol. [Read more…]