Federal health authorities have issued the first-ever medical marijuana recall on a batch of Purple Kush sold by B.C.-based producer Greenleaf Medicinals.
The product recall was announced Friday after “issues with the company’s production practices were identified,” according to a statement from Health Canada.
“Greenleaf Medicinals is instructing clients to immediately discontinue use of any marijuana from this shipment which they may still have remaining in their possession,” it reads.
While nearly 40,000 Canadians possess an authorization to use medical marijuana, the recall will only affect the 63 patients who purchased Greenleaf’s product.“It’s not a danger to those people using the product”Few details have been given, but the cannabis is not believed to be hazardous.
“It’s not a danger to those people using the product, but they are being asked to discontinue use,” said a spokesperson for Health Canada.
Since Friday, Greenleaf Medicinals has been removed from Health Canada’s list of Licensed Producers. The company’s website is also no longer accessible. Purple Kush was the single strain being sold by Greenleaf at the time.
The recall marks the first for Canada’s handful of commercial medical marijuana producers, which have only been up and running for the past few months.
Under the new MMPR program, companies that wish to grow and sell medical marijuana must follow a strict set of rules, including quality control and data keeping protocols.
For example, each batch of cannabis must be tested for pesticides and contaminants, in addition to chemical composition, before being sold.
But for marijuana activists, many who oppose the new program, the recall only raises more questions.
“On the one hand, we could say that a recall like this shows the system works, as a potentially bad product is being removed from the market. On the other hand, how did this dangerous marijuana get sent to patients in the first place?” mused B.C. activist Dana Larsen.
“Without knowing why the bud is being recalled, and with the Greenleaf website suddenly gone, there’s clearly some issues that need to be dealt with.”