Some people only have access to black market marijuana and others find it easier to buy from their guy – but is it safe?
Canada and 24 US states have legal recreational marijuana. Forty states have medical marijuana available, yet for some, it is not enough. The cannabis black market is thriving while hurting the newly legal market and confusing consumers. As a customer, you need to know if black market weed safe.
A study commissioned by the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association found that after reviewing cannabis products from 20 illicit stores in New York City, about 40% contained harmful contaminants such as E. coli, lead and salmonella. This is prior to the boom of more than 1,500 unlicensed dispensaries. Consumers are paying premium prices for something which may not agree with their body.
While it’s an issue in states like Colorado, Michigan, and Washington, it’s a much bigger problem in New York and California. It is a major drag on the young legal industry and a potential danger to consumers.
Canada was forward thinking about started a campaign early in legalizaiton to convince consumer to purchase from authorized dispensaries. Here is the information Manitoba shares with the public:
If you buy cannabis, make sure to get it from a licensed retail store that offers a wide selection of legal products.
Street, or black market cannabis offers you no quality control in terms of strength or purity. It may contain traces of pesticides and even other drugs that could put your life at risk.
When you support the black market, you have no idea whether or not your money will go to fund other illegal activities. Buying cannabis from a black market supplier puts you at risk of arrest and fines.
WIth the black market, it is important to understand the supply chain. Step one is the growers. Currently, there is a significant number of indoors grows which increase the cost of the plant. California’s growers are losing money to illicit grows both indoor and outdoor because it is just cheaper. The state is doing anything to crack down and there is zero oversight to insure quality or grow techniques.
The other two segments are “the guy”. Some people find it easier to use their “guy” who hooks them up. They acquire product – both legal and illicit and then sell directly to the customer. No taxes, no oversight, no verification for what is in the product.
Two big issues for consumers are inconsistent potency levels which means you don’t get high enough or you get too high. The other is unsanitary processing and packaging, which can directly effect your body and body functions.
While California has some of hte highest taxes of the industry, their enforcement is dismal. Colaroda and Maine have some of the best with dwindle black markets. With over 50% of the US having to legal weed, state governments to reaccess taxing and enforcement is order to