In late December 2015, the Colorado cannabis product industry took a big hit in a voluntary product recall by a well-known edibles company. Banned pesticides were found in some of the nearly 100,000 packages of cannabis-infused edibles that were recalled. We pretty much predicted this in a previous post.
This latest cannabis recall is the largest in the nation’s history and the 15th in Denver in nearly as many weeks. Colorado is the center of the nation’s cannabis industry. Recalls of this sort are expected to continue until alternatives can be found the chemicals being used, according to Chris Brown, CEO of NeutraCorp., a company that develops and markets natural wellness solutions, including cannabis-related products.
So, if the marijuana industry itself is aware that recalls are imminent, it’s best that companies within the industry have a recall plan in place. And don’t be mistaken: cannabis growers, retailers, and distributers are not safe from product liability lawsuits just because the federal government categorizes it as an illegal substance.
Licensed marijuana product businesses in most states that have commercial marijuana laws are required to have a recall plan in place. If your state doesn’t provide basic marijuana recall standards, visit the FDA website for recall guidance.
Below are the minimum steps that should be included in your recall plan:
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