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Claims of ‘Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis’ Are Common, But Are They Accurate?

Rarely a week goes by without police or other public officials warning about so-called “fentanyl-laced” weed. Upon closer inspection, however, there’s little if any truth behind these sensational claims.

A case in point: Police in Brattleboro, Vermont generated headlines last year when they, along with agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security, arrested multiple persons on charges of distributing fentanyl-tainted cannabis.

Days later, however, lab tests confirmed that no fentanyl was present in any of the marijuana samples that had been seized in the raid.

A similar, highly publicized, scenario also unfolded in Connecticut, where officials alleged that marijuana laced with fentanyl was responsible for over three dozen overdose incidents. Forensic analyses later determined that only one of these cases actually involved the ingestion of fentanyl. That case, health officials said, was probably the result of accidental contamination.

Such sensational pronouncements, followed by far less publicized refutations, are nothing new.

In 2019, Kellyanne Conway, the Trump administration’s opioid crisis czar, publicly alleged that cannabis consumers were routinely purchasing fentanyl-laced products on the illicit market. That claim was later dismissed by a senior DEA chemist, who acknowledged that the agency had no record of ever having seized any marijuana that tested positive for fentanyl.

To be clear, marijuana sold on the unregulated market can be of variable quality and purity. In some instances, unscrupulous sellers may even taint cannabis with other controlled substances (though rarely, if ever, is fentanyl among them). In other instances, they may sell samples that inadvertently contain molds or other components that can pose serious dangers to health. Yet in other cases, they may peddle products laced with chemicals that seek to mimic the effects of cannabis, but that pose far greater health risks.

Of course, the solution to these public health concerns isn’t to amplify sensational (and often fictitious) claims. It’s to eliminate the risk of tainted products.

Under a legally regulated system, cannabis products are made available from licensed manufacturers at retail stores. Cannabis is cultivated, and products are manufactured, in accordance with good manufacturing practices. Products are lab tested and labeled accordingly — ensuring that consumers have access to products of verified purity and potency.

To date, 19 states have enacted laws regulating the adult-use cannabis market. To date, these policies are working largely as voters and as lawmakers intended. The illicit market is being disrupted (though not altogether eliminated) and fewer consumers are being exposed to tainted products.

Will marijuana legalization bring an end to the fentanyl epidemic? Of course not. But by taking cannabis products off street corners and placing them behind the counter, lawmakers can provide consumers with a safer experience and greatly reduce their risk of being inadvertently exposed to contaminated products.

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Let's be mindful that all these years there have been grey market brands or dealers meeting the needs of people and nothing is sustainable when putting the commonwealth of the community in danger.

That being said these articles always leave out the good and righteous works community members are doing to keep there communities safe. is a perfect example of that.

Cannabis has be around for a long time and even regulated markets have been around for awhile. What these articles leave out is even with these establishments and regulations they do not and often not meet the needs of the community entirely. I've heard of flower being dry, products staying the same for a long time or limited options. We also have the legal gun carry issue and even a education gap. Some people know so much about cannabis that the regulated space is actually behind and not on the frontier of information. They are slow and just not progressive or passionate enough, like big moving systems tend to be in America.

They will not say this because they need you to "feel" even before you truly know or have experience that there agenda of regulation is in your best favor.

This is in many ways a complete lie, if that's to harsh it's definitely a half formed truth and we can go beyond that with our community. We at 7 Hillz can give you truth, experience, and education with no half formed truths.

Thank you for believing in good people doing good things because we are not spot lighted and our agendas are not pushed by the big wigs.

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