Study: 80% of San Fran Bay Area Marijuana Poses Health Hazards, Such as Cancer

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 1, 2017 | 11:43 AM EDT


Four-fifths of the San Francisco Bay Area marijuana studied by a product testing company posed health threats such as cancer and reproductive toxicity.

“The greatest threat standing in the way of California’s march toward legalized marijuana isn’t Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Big Pharma. It’s the cannabis industry itself,” San Francisco Magazine reports:

“Much of the roughly $1 billion in cannabis sold in California’s 1,000-plus dispensaries every year is dirty.”

A study of buds, edibles and concentrates entered in last August’s HempCon competition found that 80 percent was tainted. The study, conducted by Anresco, found mold, pesticides and harmful solvents in the pot products.

Some of the health threats posed by the tainted marijuana are:

  • Cancer,
  • Reproductive toxicity,
  • Developmental toxicity
  • Lung infections,
  • Cardiovascular issues, and
  • Neurotoxicity

While California’s pot purity laws currently aren’t as strict as those in Colorado and Oregon, they’re expected to be even more stringent – and costly – when new regulations are enacted in January of next year.

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