Cannabis firm aims to set safety standards for medical marijuana

With the medical-marijuana industry caught in a tainted-cannabis scare that Health Canada has yet to fully confront, one company has struck out on its own to devise a solution to the controversy – and hopes the rest of the sector will voluntarily follow suit.


Some federally licensed companies in Canada’s medical-marijuana sector test for contaminants, but don’t make the data available for consumers to see. Others don’t test at all for substances such as dangerous pesticides, because Health Canada does not require it.

Aurora is expected to table the new procedures at a meeting of the Cannabis Canada Association on Thursday, urging the industry group’s 14 other members to adopt similar consumer safety plans. The company also hopes licensed producers who don’t belong to the trade association will adopt the same testing guidelines and make all of their results public.

“It is imperative that patients have confidence in the...

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