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  • Dr. Joan Irvine

Debunking Myths: The Truth About Cannabis and Fentanyl – NOT IN THE LEGAL MARKET

As a dedicated Community Leader and passionate Cannabis Advocate/Educator based in Redondo Beach, I've devoted countless hours to research and have been a regular attendee at nearly every City Council meeting discussing cannabis since 2017. With Redondo Beach welcoming two dispensaries within the next 12 to 18 months, my role has evolved from Advocate to Educator. It's crucial that both city officials and residents are equipped with accurate, up-to-date information about cannabis, moving beyond the outdated scare tactics that have clouded its perception for too long.

It's frustrating to continually confront the myth that the cannabis industry is somehow complicit in selling products laced with Fentanyl. Let me set the record straight: THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. Those who propagate such claims clearly haven't engaged in thorough research. Every cannabis product sold by licensed dispensaries and delivery services undergoes rigorous testing by a licensed laboratory. The outcome of this testing is a comprehensive Certificate of Analysis (CoA) – an example of which is provided below for clarity. I provided this CoA as a 'receive and file' at the April 2 City Council meeting.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself: How many other consumables are scrutinized to this extent, offering consumers direct access to detailed reports on their quality and safety?

The issue of products tainted with fentanyl lies squarely in the realm of the unlicensed market and criminal activity, not the regulated cannabis industry.

So, the next time you come across a sensational headline or story linking cannabis with fentanyl, I urge you to dig deeper. Conduct your own research and approach the topic as an informed consumer. Knowledge is power, and in the evolving landscape of cannabis legalization, regulation, and research, it's more important than ever to stay informed.

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A Mock-up Example Cannabis Certificate of Analysis (CoA)

Product Information:

  • Product Name: Super Lemon Haze Cannabis Flower

  • Batch Number: SLH20240401

  • Sample Received Date: March 15, 2024

  • Analysis Date: March 20, 2024

  • Report Date: March 25, 2024

  • Manufacturer: Green Botanicals Inc.

  • Type of Product: Flower

Cannabinoid Profile:

  • THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol): 18.5%

  • THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid): 20.3%

  • CBD (Cannabidiol): 1.2%

  • CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid): 0.4%

  • CBN (Cannabinol): 0.1%

  • Total Cannabinoids: 40.5%

Terpene Profile:

  • Limonene: 0.75%

  • Myrcene: 0.50%

  • Caryophyllene: 0.25%

  • Pinene: 0.20%

  • Linalool: 0.10%

  • Total Terpenes: 1.8%

Contaminant Testing:

  • Pesticides: Not detected

  • Heavy Metals (Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury): Not detected

  • Microbiological Contaminants (Salmonella, E. coli): Not detected

  • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins, Ochratoxin A): Not detected

  • Residual Solvents: Not applicable

Conclusion: This product has been tested in accordance with state cannabis regulations and meets the quality and safety standards for medicinal and adult use.

Laboratory Information:

  • Name: Cannalytica Labs

  • Address: 1234 Greenway Drive, City, State

  • Accreditation Number: LAB123456


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