Check Your Pot: Dispensary speaks out after Las Vegas testing facility closes immediately due to failed microbial tests

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Taxation issued a public health and safety advisory after it announced the immediate closure of CANNEX Nevada LLC in Las Vegas on Dec. 27. The independent marijuana testing facility is subject to a pending review of its lab practices.

Four batches of marijuana failed secondary microbial testing conducted by CANNEX. The department is asking consumers and patients to avoid the affected products, which include:

  • Island OG #3: Failed total yeast and mold testing
  • Lemon Meringue: Failed total yeast and mold testing
  • THC Bomb: Failed Aspergillus flavus testing
  • Zombie Kush: Failed bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria and total coliforms tests

The department believes the following retail stores and medical dispensaries sold the affected marijuana in the form of flower and pre-rolls:

  • Nevada Wellness Center dba (doing business as) Nevada Wellness Center
  • Nevada Holistic Medicine LLC dba MMJ America
  • Deep Roots Medical LLC dba Deep Roots Harvest
  • Paradise Wellness Center dba Las Vegas Releaf
  • GTI Nevada LLC dba Rise
  • Cheyenne Medical LLC dba Thrive Cannabis Marketplace

The dispensaries impacted were left wondering, “what happened?”

“Hopefully it was just an error … we’ve taken them off our shelves, the pre-rolls that we had,” said Frank Hawkins, owner of Nevada Wellness Center.

Hawkins showed 8 News Now a lab result from Cannex, saying that the product “passed.”

“The test that we received, the certificate of analysis says, basically, that everything is good,” revealed Hawkins. “We’re here for the consumer. We don’t want to sell them anything that’s defective, anything that does not meet the requirements of the state, and we won’t.”

CANNEX operates RSR Analytical Laboratories. We traveled to the office, but it was closed. Their lawyer spoke to us over the phone, saying CANNEX was told they would not be under suspension, and they were given no chance to take corrective action they were shut down. The company plans to request for an immediate hearing.

The dispensaries hope this doesn’t happen again.

“I don’t think anybody wants anything out on the streets, matter of fact, I know they don’t, that’s not safe,” said Hawkins.

Consumers should be aware when checking their substances that all marijuana and marijuana products properly sold by licensed vendors should have a product label on the packaging. In most cases, you can locate the batch and lot number near the top below the facility information.

There are currently no reported illnesses related to these affected batches, according to the department. It also says individuals with suppressed immune systems should particularly avoid consumption of the affected marijuana.

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