Article by Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News
P.E.I.’s only licensed medical marijuana grower and seller, Canada’s Island Garden, supports Health Canada’s move requiring all licensed producers to conduct mandatory testing for unauthorized pesticides.
“As a consumer, if your health is already compromised perhaps from not being well to begin with and you’re buying your medicine you want to make sure that the product you’re getting is good and is safe and as a licensed producer here in P.E.I., that’s a big deal to us and we’re going to make sure that it is that way,” said Edwin Jewell, president of Canada’s Island Garden.
Health Canada said in February it would start unannounced inspections after three recalls of medical cannabis related to the use of unauthorized pesticides. After inspection of seven licensed producers it was found that two sites tested positive for unauthorized pesticides.
Tweed, which packages and markets some cannabis for Canada’s Island Garden, was a site that was inspected and showed no sign of contamination in the leaves that were tested, said Health Canada.
There are 17 approved pesticides and Jewell said his company only uses ones that are allowed.
Extra step in testing
Licensed producers already send samples to government approved labs for mandatory testing for things such as mould, heavy metals, and bacterial and fungal contamination, and the testing for pesticides is just an extra step.
Jewell said it may take a day or two more for testing, but it won’t affect customer orders.