MSDH begins cannabis re-testing, releasing cleared products every Friday

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, January 4, 2024


Mass re-testing of certain medical cannabis products placed on an administrative hold began Wednesday, Jan. 3. The Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program anticipate cleared products will be back on dispensary shelves soon.

The re-testing process for all products under the administrative hold is expected to take two to three weeks.  Cleared batches of products will be released each Friday until all products are re-tested. The priority for re-testing starts with flower/bud, which serves as the base for many products, followed by concentrates and then infused products.

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“Patient safety is our top priority,” said Laura Goodson, director of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program. “We are tasked with making sure all test results meet the regulatory standards and that approved products are available to those in the medical cannabis program.”

An administrative hold was placed on a large number of products on Dec. 21, 2023, after the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program (MMCP) found discrepancies during an audit of Certificates of Analysis (COA) surrounding original test results for pesticides and mycotoxins completed by Rapid Analytics. An investigation into the discrepancies is ongoing. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program is covering the cost for all re-testing of products.

Patients are encouraged to contact dispensaries to see what products are available.

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