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Colorado marijuana and public-health regulators are recalling medical marijuana sold at Primal, a dispensary in Colorado Springs, after plant material failed multiple contamination tests. (Colorado Springs has only medical marijuana dispensaries; recreational stores have yet to be approved there.)
According to an April 19 health and safety notice from the state Marijuana Enforcement Division and Department of Public Health and Environment, marijuana cultivated and sold by Primal LLC tested positive for elevated levels of mold or yeast and lead, a heavy metal banned by the MED.
Heavy metals such as arsenic, nickel, lead, copper, mercury and cadmium can be found in growing nutrients and fertilizers used to enhance the yield and potency of marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, long-term exposure to heavy metals can lead to liver or kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, a disrupted nervous system, anemia and more.
“Consumers with these affected products in their possession should return them to Primal LLC for proper