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Health Canada Recalls Cannabis Because it’s Too Dank


Health Canada Recalls Cannabis Because it’s Too Dank

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In an unprecedented move, Health Canada has recommended the recall of two crops of medical cannabis for being stronger than the labeled amount of THC. THC is the active component in marijuana that gets the user high. The company involved, Peace Naturals Project, has had its product seized once before. Peace Naturals has voluntarily recalled the crops in question.

The labeled amount of THC on the batch of cannabis in question is 9.07 percent THC. The government tested the cannabis at least 13.7 percent THC. Both Health Canada and Peace Naturals haven’t reported any complaints about the product from its users — most users seem to want a higher dose of THC for their dollar.

This will be the fourth recall made by Health Canada since medical cannabis was mass-produced starting in April of last year. Reasons for previous recalls were mold and questionable production practices. The goal for Health Canada is to have the medical cannabis industry regulated as pharmaceutical companies are. With mass-produced cannabis not even a year old, the rules of practice are still being straightened out. Health Canada has been cracking down on producers in terms of quality control and proper labeling.

The organization has approved 23 commercial growing companies since last year, which is far below the predicted 60 companies the government agency had anticipated to be approved by now. With tightening regulations and a convoluted approval process, entry into the estimated 1.3 billion dollar per year industry can be frustrating. The recall of the Peace Naturals product is just one example of this.

So far, only one applicant is challenging Health Canada’s decision to refuse it a medical marijuana license. New Age Medical Solutions Inc. asked a federal court judge to review its rejection after Health Canada said it hadn’t hired a suitable quality assurance employee.

Many have said that Health Canada’s licensing approach is too convoluted. According to reports, one company is spending $11,000 each month waiting for a final inspection of its facilities and practices. Another company hired a whole call center to process orders by users only to have to eliminate the jobs because they, too, were waiting for Health Canada to inspect its facilities.

These growing pains will hopefully be remedied soon as producers and Health Canada work together to iron out production and delivery practices. Health Canada wants to limit the number of companies it has to interact with in the interest of a high-functioning, tightly-controlled marketplace, discarding ones that don’t meet its ideals.  In the future, the Huffington Post reports, Health Canada has plans tighten its rules even further.

Do you think Health Canada made the right choice to recall the cannabis? Share your thoughts below.



  1. Joel Grant

    February 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    13% THC is low, compared to the dispensary cannabis we get her in WA state. In fact, the past couple of months have seen THC greater than 30% – I wouldn’t waste my money on cannabis as week as 13%. I swear, the people who regulate cannabis are completely clueless.

    • frankgrimes78

      March 28, 2016 at 5:39 am

      LMAO do you think that’s only in WA? I’m from Cda, and this is just the nonsense we face with Health Canada on occasion, it’s because each new batch, regardless of how many times it’s been grown, has to be tested and if it’s stronger than they say “Oh give us that crap back” lol. I have empty 15g bottles for which I paid 50 bucks for with 29, 30,31, 28, 22 is the least THC % most people order. Guess what though? This is MEDICAL! Only ppl claiming they need medical need that high of THC, because most of the time it’s the CBD percentage which is the important component for helping patients like me with the majority of my symptoms. I order 22-25 for after work, & 17-19 during. Well technically I just use shatter after work, but I use Girl Scout Cookies/King’s Kush/Critical Mass in the bowl with a ball of shatter on top as shatter has really high CBD levels typically.

  2. Chris

    February 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Man, let the people have their stronger bud; recall it if there’s mould, but really? Higher THC than normal? WHo gives a damn? They want more THC per dollar!

  3. tim

    February 21, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Testese alcohol is so much more harmful. Than marijuana and who’s to say that 13.7 is far safer. Or better for someone than 9.07. Especially someone with cancer or in chronic pain. Slamming some alcohol is far worse, than smoking. Pot at whatever percent. I know people who have had surgeries. Been on narcotics for many years. And they just stop taking the pills. Start smoking the best weed they can find. The best and only need two or three tokes. Then they are good for hrs. and their DR.s tell them they’d rather have them smoke the marijuana. Than take the pain pills any day of the week. And this is in states where medical marijuana is not even legal yet.

  4. blacky

    February 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Standards are never bad! 13,8% are 13,8% ! Thats it. At these high prices it should be no Problem for the resalers to add a quality Control at a Professional level. And yes some want it strong but some like also a soft high.

  5. Juan Leonardo Vargas

    February 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Like drinking alcohol in any form,it is the toxicity of the amount a person ingests that will kill you….it is the poisoning of ones system that causes drunkenness,essentially when you drink it is poison that you are taking in..Cannabis on the other hand is not a poison,but an natural curative and no one dies from ingestion of the substance,what may occur however,is a miss calculation of the amount a person can take into the system as is also the case with over consumption of alcohol.The difference is often deadly with the one and not the other.There is the similarities though and the one that is very apparent is psychological if a person already is in an psychotic state amounts of either one of said products can enhance this condition however,with the ingredients in cannabis one does not cause damage to the various organs;liver,kidney,stomach,muscular,and even the nervous and brain cells tend to die in a slow poisoning ritual of alcoholism…Cannabis is by far the the safest of this two products…What we definitely need is an educational program that is factual as well as informative and the issues faced honestly by government and the private industry.We the patients and the users of this are not getting treated properly it seems that making money is the current thinking while the populace is left to deal with the same problem.Getting the products are associated still with the same people,the seller,the only change that has occurred is the dealerships.Prices and availability are not factors taken into consideration by the money institutions.The only legalities being considered is who gets the biggest piece of the pie.We the people,have once again been duped…

  6. lb coker

    February 20, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I think for medical uses yes needs to have standards set but recreational no.

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