The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued another health advisory for marijuana with a high grade of mold and yeast. That prompted the Department of Taxation to start the investigation of marijuana laboratories in the state. The regulators are trying to discover how batches of cannabis with high levels of fungus found their way to consumers.
This investigation comes as a result of an incident that happened in August. Dispensaries all over Nevada started selling marijuana products with degrees of mold and yeast much higher than allowed by the state. When the Department of Agriculture tested products, it showed the amounts were 40 times higher than the limits. Some consumers experienced health problems, which raised concern, and that was the reason for the first health advisory.
The unsuitable products are still on the market, which is why health regulators issued another health advisory this Monday. The on-going investigation of cannabis testing labs will determine how defective products made it to dispensaries. Regulators are also trying to find out if it is possible to manipulate THC levels to make the pot appear more effective to consumers.
According to health officials, consuming pot with high levels of mold has side effects. The symptoms are similar to allergies or asthma — a clogged nose, itchy eyes and skin, and wheezing. Those who have allergies or asthma may experience an even stronger reaction.