‘Seed-to-Sale’ eyes thwart­ing bad bud

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By JOR­DAN FRIAS — city­desk@boston­her­ald.com

Tainted pot will be weeded out, the state’s top mar­i­juana reg­u­la­tor says, once the “Seed-to-Sale” of le­gal­ized cannabis falls un­der in­spec­tors who will mon­i­tor the qual­ity of the drug sold in the Bay State.

“That’s the main ben­e­fit I see of turn­ing this into a reg­u­lated le­gal in­dus­try,” said Steven Hoff­man, head of the newly formed Cannabis Con­trol Com­mis­sion.

Hoff­man said the state is re­quired to use a tech­nol­ogy called “Seed-to-Sale,” which tracks im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on weed, in­clud­ing THC lev­els. THC, or Te­trahy­dro­cannabi­nol, is the chem­i­cal com­pound found in cannabis that is re­spon­si­ble for the high.

“So ev­ery­thing that ends up in a re­tail store we know ex­actly the ge­n­e­sis of it,” Hoff­man said dur­ing a stop at the Her­ald yes­ter­day. “By def­i­ni­tion we’re go­ing to make sure that the prod­uct is both safe and la­beled so you know ex­actly what you’re get­ting in terms of quan­tity and po­tency.”

Reg­u­lat­ing the in­dus­try will also al­low the com­mis­sion to de­velop four lev­els of li­cens­ing around mar­i­juana prod­ucts sold in stores, Hoff­man said.

It will start with the cul­ti­va­tion process by us­ing in­de­pen­dent test­ing labs be­fore the prod­uct hits the shelves.

Tainted mar­i­juana, also known as “laced weed” or “dirty mar­i­juana,” has been a con­cern across the coun­try, with claims that more dan­ger­ous drugs such as fen­tanyl could be end­ing up in some of the pot be­ing sold.

Syn­thetic mar­i­juana, also know as “Spice,” uses a va­ri­ety of plants sprayed with lab­o­ra­tory-pro­duced chem­i­cals that can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, the na­tional Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol has warned.

“De­spite their play­ful names, such as Sexy Mon­key, Black Mamba and Twi­light, us­ing any of th­ese prod­ucts can cause se­vere re­ac­tions,” the CDC re­ported. “Th­ese prod­ucts are ex­tremely harm­ful and any­one who has them should throw them out.”

Le­gal­ized weed is ex­pected to be sold in Mas­sachusetts by July.


TALK­ING THC: Cannabis Con­trol Com­mis­sion Chair­man Steven Hoff­man, above mid­dle, talks to Emer­son Col­lege jour­nal­ism stu­dents in­volved in the Emer­son Col­lege-Bos­ton Her­ald In­no­va­tion project yes­ter­day at the Her­ald.

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