One product included 8 pesticides

According to a news story broadcast on NBC affiliate WLBT3 in Jackson Mississippi, scientists in Mississippi have discovered over-the-counter marijuana products that contained as much as 40 times the amount of THC allowed under the state’s 2018 Farm Bill.

Steep Hill Cannabis Lab, the first licensed medical marijuana testing lab in Mississippi, analyzed the Delta-9 cannabis products, which included edible gummies, vapes and pre-rolls.

According to the lab’s co-founder Cliff Osbon, some of the products had 12-14 percent Delta-9 THC. A loophole in a 2018 federal farm bill allows hemp-based cannabis products to be sold legally as long as they contain no more than 0.3% of Delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. The products have flooded gas stations and vape shops nationwide, all promising a “legal high.”

The products that were tested were purchased in gas stations and convenience stores throughout Rankin County, Mississippi. Moreover, they were available in strengths and quantities greater than a person with a medical marijuana card in the state can buy at a legal dispensary.

Equally disturbing, one of the products Steep Hill tested contained eight pesticides, some at 20 times the allowed levels for medical cannabis. It is important to note, under current Mississippi state law, none of these products fall under current testing requirements.