Health Canada Launches Mandatory Cannabis Testing
Canada’s licensed producers will have to expand their testing checklists. On May 5, 2017, Health Canada announced that mandatory cannabis testing now includes testing for unauthorized pesticides. Licensed producers currently test for microbial and chemical contaminants, but the results of recent inspections have prompted Health Canada to expand the testing requirements.
According to Health Canada, “On May 1 and 4, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency completed laboratory testing of plant leaves from the seven inspected sites. Five of the seven sites (RedeCan, 7Acres, Tweed, Tilray and Broken Coast) showed no sign of contamination in the leaves that were tested. Of the remaining sites, both leaf samples at Hydropothecary tested positive for myclobutanil at low level concentrations of between 0.012 and 0.023 parts per million (ppm), and one leaf sample from plants at Peace Naturals tested positive for piperonyl butoxide at a low level concentration of 0.78 ppm.”
“Our first priority is the health and safety of our patients. We take safety testing seriously and are working closely with Health Canada to determine next steps. We are committed to demonstrating that Peace and the ACMPR are the global gold standard for safe, regulated cannabis,” said Mike Gorenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Cronos Group (TSXV:MJN), operator of Peace Naturals.
“We have been in daily contact with Health Canada and are still awaiting a reporting levels for pesticide testing for dried cannabis and cannabis oil samples to allow our results to be meaningful,” read an update provided by Hydropothecary (TSXV:THCX) on May 6.
Even with the cooperation of Peace Naturals and Hydropothecary, Health Canada is carrying out its directive for expanding mandatory cannabis testing for all licensed producers. Licensed producers should expect guidance from Health Canada in the coming weeks.