October 6, 2020 10:59 am ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Knock it off with the knockoffs already when it comes to cannabis, people! Why is it that our lawmakers cannot realize that the legalization of this widely misunderstood plant would help stomp out the illicit market? The legal industry has a set of guidelines they must abide by in order to produce a product that meets safety and quality control measures. This cannot be said about cannabis products from street dealers in the illicit market. People are still flocking to buy illicit market cannabis products still to this day, not having any clue what could be in them. Some people purchase cannabis products from the illicit market thinking they are purchasing legitimate dispensary products. The reason for this is because dealers and plugs on the street have gotten smart about packaging their products.
Earlier this year in January, Michigan recalled over 9,300 THC vape cartridges. On 9/24/2020, the Michigan State Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued a recall on cannabis cartridges purchased from Detroit’s Plan B Wellness. CNBC covered a story in 2019 that uncovered synthetic spice that many people compared cannabis to be found in CBD vape and edible products. This would explain the buzz people were getting from these products. CBD vapes and edibles should not produce intoxicating effects with consumers. If they do, there is something wrong with them. According to the LA Times, back in 2019, California’s black market was flooded with counterfeit knockoff cannabis products. These products were cheap imitations of the real deal. The flashier the packaging, the more cautious you should be.
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How To Make Sure Your Cannabis Products Are Real and Not Fake
When you purchase cannabis or cannabis products, nothing is worse than getting home to find out what you got is fake. It would be kind of like back in the day if someone were to sell you a bag of oregano or some clumps of grass from under the mower, you’d be a little angry. Today isn’t much different. Don’t be fooled by flashy packaging that gives you a false sense of security. When you want to make sure you’re purchasing authentic cannabis products, purchasing them through a legal license dispensary is the best way to do this. Cannabis dispensaries are required to provide testing on their products. Some of them will test for cannabinoid levels such as CBD, THC, and others only. Then some brands will have terpene testing as well as cannabinoid profiles.
Certified testing should have online access for you to view as well. If you think that you’ve come across a fake cannabis product, bring it to the attention of your dispensary. Don’t just believe because you walk in the door of a cannabis dispensary that the product you’re purchasing is legit. There have been many fly-by-night illegal cannabis dispensaries operating across the country. As long as they don’t get caught, they don’t have to follow the rules and regulations that provide safe quality cannabis products for consumers. Skipping these guidelines and cutting corners saves these pop-up illicit market businesses loads of money that the owners get to pocket.
Inspire the Change You Wish to See
Promoting the continued prohibition of cannabis is only hurting America. It’s hurting the people, and it is hurting the economy. It’s time for Americans across the country to let lawmakers know they’ve had enough. Either end prohibition today, or you lose my vote tomorrow. If we vote enough of these individuals supporting private agendas out of office, the public will eventually see positive changes in draconian federal cannabis laws.
Speak up about your right to natural safe medicine. Speak up for patients whose voices have been silenced for too long. Stand up for our country and our right to be united in all things. No matter your race, religion, sexuality, or political affiliation, we are humans, and our right to medicate with a natural plant is something that the majority of us agree on. It is time we unite for change once and for all!
Ashley Priest is a patient, mother, entrepreneur, and activist that fights to end prohibition globally for a better future for all. Ashley has a passion for sharing education pertaining to the goddess plant known as cannabis. She believes that a single seed can tip the scales and that together through education we can end the stigma that is preventing cannabis from flowering to its full potential globally.
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