The Globe and Mail reports in its Thursday edition that with the medical-marijuana
industry caught in a tainted-cannabis
scare which Health Canada has yet to fully confront, one
company has struck out on its own to devise a solution to the
controversy. The Globe's Grant Robertson writes that Aurora Cannabis, one of 38
federally licensed producers of
medical cannabis, is expected to
announce today that it is unveiling the industry's strictest
consumer safety regime, testing
all of its products for contaminants
at a federally accredited
lab, then making those certified
test results public. The program, which will test for
moulds, bacteria, aflatoxins,
heavy metals and 51 pesticides,
including banned substances
such as myclobutanil, goes beyond Health Canada requirements,
and exceeds the standards used by the rest of the sector by
making the information public.
Some federally licensed companies in Canada's medical-marijuana
sector test for contaminants,
but do not make the data available for consumers to see.
Others do not test at all for substances
such as dangerous pesticides,
because Health Canada does not require it. Aurora wants Cannabis Canada Association
members to follow its lead.
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