Why hasn’t legal weed killed the marijuana black market?
It’s been 10 years since the first states legalized recreational marijuana. Over the past decade, the legit weed trade has exploded into a massive industry as personal pot use has rapidly spread to more parts of the country. One of the core arguments used by legalization advocates — on top of the impact on health, criminal justice and personal freedom — is the belief that the legal marijuana market would bring an end to the illicit weed trade and eliminate the criminal activity surrounding it. But that hasn’t happened. The marijuana black market has continued to thrive to the point where legitimate growers and sellers are struggling to stay afloat in areas of the country awash in illegal weed. READ MORE: https://news.yahoo.com/why-hasnt-legal-weed-killed-the-marijuana-black-market-224158722.html
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What’s in New York’s Illicit Cannabis: Germs, Toxins and Metals
A report from a medical cannabis trade group found contaminants such as E. coli and salmonella in some products purchased at unlicensed dispensaries.

Some cannabis products sold at unlicensed storefronts in New York are not only illegal, but also contaminated with harmful bacteria, heavy metals and toxic pesticides, according to an industry report released on Wednesday.

Lab tests conducted on smokable weed, edible candies and vaporizers purchased from 20 smoke shops and dispensaries detected prohibited levels of eight different contaminants, including E. coli, salmonella, nickel and lead. The survey also found that the strength of some products was mislabeled, according to the report from the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association, a state trade group.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/nyregion/cannabis-bacteria-pesticides-illegal-dispensary.html
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