The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division (CCD) has issued a recall for products sold by licensed medical cannabis vendor Sacred Garden, according to the NM Political Reporter. The recall comes after a medical cannabis patient found flower tainted with mold and reported it to the Division.
Although the flower passed presale pathogen tests, the more contaminated flower was found upon further inspection. The CCD says all Sacred Garden products must be retested before they can return to the shelf.
Customers should be on the lookout for “cannabis bud, pre-rolls, and food products” of the Gardens Snow Cone and Protégé strains at locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, and Santa Fe. For those who may have purchased recalled products within the past 30 days, the lot numbers are available for viewing.
The moldy flower tested at 35,000 Colony Forming Units, 35 times the 1,000 Colony Forming Unit threshold allowed under New Mexico’s medical cannabis rules. Inhaling mold can be extremely dangerous, especially for those with certain medical conditions, the report says.
Sacred Gardens was previously involved in the decision to exempt medical cannabis sales from New Mexico’s gross receipt tax like other prescription drugs. The case began in 2014 when Sacred Gardens asked for a refund on their gross receipt taxes paid that year to the Taxation and Revenue Department. The department denied the request. Sacred Gardens filed an appeal and in 2020, a court of appeals ruled in their favor. The state disagreed with the ruling and in February 2022, New Mexico‘s Supreme Court settled the question, siding with Sacred Gardens and other plaintiffs in the case.