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Nevada faces medical marijuana shortage due to testing rules

By Oscar Pascual |

Nevada’s medical marijuana is in tight supply only a week after the state’s first dispensaries were introduced.

Several pounds of marijuana have been destroyed after failing to meet Nevada’s stringent testing standards, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

A considerable amount of cannabis throughout the state’s new dispensaries were reported to have exceeded the mandated levels of pesticides, mycotoxins or heavy metals.

The shortage has already forced one dispensary to delay their opening.

While growers have taken a substantial loss of both money and product, industry advocates are lauding Nevada’s standards for marijuana quality, which is perceived as the toughest in the nation.

“This is medicine. It is going to the people that are the highest of risk, the elderly, cancer patients people who have compromised immune systems,” said Kathy Gillespie, co-owner of the cultivator Nevada Pure, to the Sun. “Why shouldn’t it be similar standards to what you would feed your kids?”

Savino Sguera, lab director of DB Labs in Las Vegas, believes that the multiple failed tests are a byproduct of California’s medical cannabis program, which has no law requiring testing of any kind. Unlike most states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs, Nevada requires all cannabis to be tested for its quality, which examines molds, fungi, fertilizers and bacteria like salmonella.

“A lot of these cultivators were growers in California and they haven’t had to scrutinize what they’ve been selling,” Gillespie told the Sun.

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