On August 8th, 2017, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) issued an industry-wide bulletin in regards to failed microbial contaminant testing stating,

“The state licensing authority shall give the licensee an opportunity to RETEST THE PRODUCT AND IF THE SECOND TEST ALSO INDICATES THE PRESENCE OF QUANTITIES OF ANY SUBSTANCE DETERMINED TO BE INJURIOUS TO HEALTH THEN THE LICENSEE CAN remediate the product if the test indicated the presence of a microbial. IF TWO ADDITIONAL TESTS DO NOT INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF QUANTITIES OF ANY SUBSTANCE DETERMINED TO BE INJURIOUS TO HEALTH, THE PRODUCT MAY BE USED OR SOLD BY THE LICENSEE.”

Read the full bulletin here.

Key Takeaways

  • EFFECTIVE DATE: August 9th, 2017. (Industry Bulletin 17-06 will serve as interim guidance until Rule R 1507(B.1), 1 CCR 212-2 can be updated to align with statute.).

  • If the initial Microbial Contaminant test fails, the Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility may submit TWO additional Test Batches to the same (or different) Marijuana Testing Facility.

  • If both Test Batches pass, any Retail Marijuana from any package or Harvest Batch included in that Test Batch may be sold, wholesaled, transferred, or processed into Retail Marijuana Concentrate or Retail Marijuana Product.

  • If one or both Test Batches fail, all packages or Harvest Batches associated with the failed Test Batch may be sent to a Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facility for remediation.

  • The Solvent-Based Retail Marijuana Concentrate that was manufactured out of the Retail Marijuana flower or trim that failed microbial testing shall undergo all required testing for contaminants and potency pursuant to Rules R 1501 and R 1503.

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