Cannabis Store Co-owned By Top Virginia Senator Sells Mislabeled Products With Illegal THC Content, Media Investigation Finds

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The label on various cereal bars sold at cannabis shops is found to be inaccurate, according to the latest reports. In one of the shops owned by Senator Louise Lucas, the label mentioned that the cereal bars contained cannabis. However, it also contained delta 9 THC, which is illegal in Virginia. It is this ingredient in marijuana that causes intoxication.

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Forensic experts are worried that people have no idea about the ingredients of these synthetic THC products that are available at retail outlets and gas stations all over the state. There is no quality testing for these products, and the labels are not verified by reliable agencies.

While licensed medical marijuana dispensaries have strict testing requirements, there are no such rules for retailers. According to experts who tested these products, most contained delta 8 THC, which is similar to the delta 9 THC but is manufactured synthetically. According to producers, delta 8 is also legal, and it is similar to marijuana.

The tests revealed interesting points about the labeling of these products. While some contained more THC than advertised, others had less THC than what the labels mentioned.  According to experts, delta eight is considered as a food adulteration, and this is widely used in various products found at cannabis stores.

Authorities are not in a position to monitor every such product in every retail store even though they have issued general guidelines to help manufacturers across the state to label the products accurately. It is challenging to remove adulterated products from retail outlets. Apart from that, there is a general opinion that marijuana enforcement is not a big priority in the state. Due to this reason, many authorities are not willing to seriously pursue the matter of delta 8 THC products. Legalizing retail sales of marijuana will likely resolve the problem in the near future.