Oregon Marijuana Health Alert
Oregon Marijuana Health Alert as state health officials say marijuana products may have been tainted with high levels of a pesticide and sold to about 130 people southwest of Portland.
The Oregon Health Authority said Friday the alert concerns dried flower marijuana sold by a medical
marijuana dispensary called New Leaf in McMinnville. The strain names are Dr. Jack, batch number
G6J0051-02, and Marion Berry, batch number G6J0051-01. The products were sold to customers
between Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 and came from batches that failed a pesticide test, containing high levels of
a chemical known as spinosad. Anyone finding the tainted product can return it to the dispensary or
dispose of it. Effects of smoking marijuana containing spinosad are not known. According to the National
Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University, spinosad is a natural substance made by a soil
bacterium that can be toxic to insects. Those concerned about exposure should contact the Oregon
Poison Center at 800-222- 1222.
Arkansas medical marijuana supporters began airing their first TV ad for one of two legalization
proposals on the ballot next month, touting the measure as a way to help treat children with seizures.
One of the state’s top opponents of medical marijuana, however, said the ad shows that there’s a way
to use compounds from marijuana to help patients without a more widespread medical pot initiative.
Informing Arkansas, a group affiliated with the campaign behind one of the ballot proposals, bought
more than $154,000 worth of airtime to begin airing the 30-second spot in the Little Rock, Fort Smith
and Fayetteville markets, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission.
The ad features a New Mexico mom who says cannabidiol, or CBD, which is derived from cannabis,
helped stop her infant daughter’s seizures. “Without medical marijuana, I would have a lifeless baby in a
wheelchair,” the mother says in the ad.