E. coli, Salmonella, or Lead Found in 40% of Illegal New York Weed

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According to a report led by the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association published on November 30, around 40% of illegal cannabis products sampled in New York City were found to contain harmful contaminants like E. coli, salmonella, and lead. About 40% of the products failed at least one of the standard tests administered to legal cannabis products only available at legal medical cannabis dispensaries. Salmonella, E. coli, and other contaminants in weed pose serious threats to your health, and are controlled under typical state regulations. Among key findings, researchers detected the presence of E. coli, salmonella, and pesticides in various products. The cannabis products were purchased from only about 20 illegal sites, but spanning across all five boroughs.

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New York officials deployed researchers to sample products from illegal bodegas and pop-up dispensaries selling cannabis on the street, and tested them for harmful contaminants. If it’s safe, clean flower that you want—the findings were dismal at best.

According to a report led by the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association published on November 30, around 40% of illegal cannabis products sampled in New York City were found to contain harmful contaminants like E. coli, salmonella, and lead. The cannabis products...

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