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New York’s Inaugural Cannabis Product Recall by OCM

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In a groundbreaking move, New York regulators have initiated the state's first-ever recall of a cannabis product due to the startling revelation that a specific batch of gummies failed to undergo mandated testing for both consumer safety and product quality.

The product in question, identified as “Jenny’s Zee Zee gummies, 2:1 THC/CBN,” was distributed through authorized cannabis dispensaries across the entirety of New York State from September 4 to November 1, as declared by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) in their official recall announcement on Tuesday.

The OCM specified the offending gummies with the batch and lot number ZZ-23–07-13-0001. Following the recall declaration, retailers and distributors have been instructed to promptly remove the implicated product from circulation. Simultaneously, consumers who have purchased the specified gummies are urged to return them for a full refund.

The OCM emphasized that the recall is a proactive measure taken in the interest of public safety, asserting that, as of now, no adverse effects stemming from consumer usage have been reported. The statement did not provide clarity on how the untested products infiltrated the legal supply chain, leaving a critical question unanswered.

This development comes amid the challenges faced by New York's fledgling adult-use marijuana program, struggling to combat the pervasive illicit market. With fewer than three dozen legal recreational retail outlets currently operational across the state, the vast contrast with the numerous unlicensed sellers continues to pose a significant challenge.

Despite these hurdles, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the regulated market. A surge in the number of retailers, including multistate operators, is anticipated in the coming month following a series of legal settlements. This could potentially contribute to the ongoing efforts to establish a robust and trustworthy cannabis industry in NY.

This story was originally published by MjBizDaily.