Since the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado at the beginning of the year, businesses have been trying to keep up with demand for new products. As that demand increases, many believe that further state regulation is going to be necessary to protect consumers and keep the quality of new products consistent. A new story in the Denver Post claims that recent testing of edible marijuana products revealed levels of the euphoria-inducing THC were inconsistent with product labeling.
One company, Dr. J’s Hash Infusion, had two of its products tested. One was a milk chocolate Star Barz that carried a label claiming the product contained 100 mg of THC. Tests revealed that the bar only contained 0.37 mg. A similar product with the same claim of 100 mg of THC, the Winter Mint bar, contained only 0.28 mg.
Joseph Evans of Steep Hill Halent, the laboratory that conducted the tests, said it shows that some companies, including Dr. J’s, need to work on their consistency.
"They need to work on their process," Evans said. "I don't know that it's irresponsible, but it's nonprofessional.”
A report by ABC News pointed out earlier this year that sales of edible marijuana-infused products were up 300 percent in Colorado since the drug became legal in the state. Owner of LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, Linda Andrews, said she was having trouble keeping such products on the shelf.
"We got a new supply in last week and sold out in an hour," Andrews told ABC.
Such high demand may be the culprit for inconsistent products. That is the claim of Dr. J’s owner Tom Sterlacci.
"We were making smaller batches prior to recreational [legalization], but the demand went so high that we are now making bigger batches," Sterlacci said. He claimed in the Denver Post story that the company changed its process in the last week to make batches more consistent with product labeling.
Dr. J’s has begun offering refunds on unopened products on a case-by-case basis while they iron out the new process.
Evans also says testing is becoming more consistent in the state but is not yet perfect. As the industry in Colorado continues to grow, he urges customers not to place too much faith in the numbers on the packages.