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Ohio medical marijuana: Officials issue first mandatory recall

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 11/16/2019 Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati Enquirer
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COLUMBUS – Ohio issued a mandatory recall for a medical marijuana product after regulators found it was made from cannabis that had failed state tests.

State regulators issued a recall Friday for “Pineapple Express Rosin” made by One Orijin. One Orijin is a Columbus-based processor owned by Schottenstein Aphria.

Rosin is made by using heat and pressure to extract resin – and all the active compounds it contains – from the cannabis plant. Making rosin does not require solvents such as butane and propane.

The cannabis used to make the recalled rosin had failed independent lab tests for mold, yeast and other microbial contaminants, an Ohio Department of Commerce spokeswoman told The Enquirer.

Marijuana that fails microbial tests cannot be sold in dried flower form, but it can be used for extraction. However, that's limited to hydrocarbon-based or carbon dioxide-based methods, which excludes rosin.

The rosin was tested in its final form and passed all tests, including microbial tests. The error was discovered by medical marijuana program officials analyzing inventory. All medical marijuana products are tracked in a database from baby plants to when sold at a dispensary.

No patients have reported adverse effects from the product. Patients have been advised to return unused product to the dispensary where it was purchased.

a group of people standing around a counter in a store: Scientist Zack Melvin tests cannabis for pestacides at North Coast Testing Lab. © Jason J. Molyet/Gannett Scientist Zack Melvin tests cannabis for pestacides at North Coast Testing Lab.

The mandatory recall is the first issued by state regulators. In July, processor Standard Wellness issued a recall for water-soluble drops after patients reported black material in the liquid.

Ohio began medical marijuana sales in mid January. More than $41.1 million worth of marijuana and marijuana-infused products have been sold since.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio medical marijuana: Officials issue first mandatory recall

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