US (CT): Should Connecticut change mold and yeast levels in cannabis?

As the state of Connecticut considers whether to adjust the required mold and yeast levels in medical cannabis products, patients and others remain concerned about the proposed change and are calling for stricter testing standards.

The public comment period ended last week on the state Department of Consumer Protection’s proposed changes, which would set the total limit at 100,000 colony forming units per gram and wouldn’t allow any detectable levels of harmful breeds of mold in the Aspergillus family.

As Connecticut prepares to launch its recreational cannabis program, the change would mean increasing the levels for one lab, while the other facility would need to lower its amount after gaining state approval last year for more mold and yeast in its products.

While the medical and recreational programs have separate sets of regulations, testing standard changes will be reflected in both programs, said Kaitlyn Krasselt, a Department of Consumer Protections spokesperson.


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