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California issues recalls for 29 marijuana firms caught in Sequoia Labs fallout

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) this week identified 29 separate companies that have been told to recall marijuana products after Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs’ said its former lab director falsified pesticide test results.

The BCC also released a list of 848 product batches that were tested by Sequoia after June 30 and may be subject to the recall.

The list of affected products are wide-ranging – including flower, pre-rolls, hash and various extracts – and could potentially affect up to 60 marijuana cultivators and product makers that had sent their products to Sequoia, many via distributors.

The companies that may be the hardest hit:

  • Both companies are based in Sacramento.BSeen Distribution, which had 208 product batches tested by Sequoia.
  • Connected Management, another distributor that had 200 product batches tested by Sequoia.

Lauren Fraser at the Cannabis Distribution Association said that with so many product batches in question, the value of all of those goods could be in the ten-figure range, given that a single batch of flower can be up to 50 pounds.

“Easily tens of millions of dollars. Could be more,” Fraser said when asked to estimate the value of 848 product batches.

But what isn’t clear is how many of those products are being recalled and perhaps retested and then sent back to market, said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the BCC.

“It’s really tough to determine if the distributors that were impacted were able to get product back, and if they did get it back, what portion was retested or potentially destroyed,” Traverso said, noting that MJ lab certificates of analysis are confidential.

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Published: December 20, 2018

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