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Product Liability Claims in the Marijuana Industry?

Written by Berkowitz

Connecticut's Product Liability Attorneys - Berkowitz and Hanna LLCUp until a few years ago, marijuana was strictly a recreational drug. But, today, this product has been used for medicinal purposes and in some states it is legal. Patients treat chronic pain, help cope with chemotherapy, etc., by using marijuana. While the majority of the time cannabis is in the news it is politically motivated, now it is making headlines. According to LA Times, there are some recent issues arising regarding Eagle 20. Eagle 20 is the fungicide used to kill mites, mildew and other pests that flock to these types of plants during growth. It contains a chemical known as myclobutanil, which produces hydrogen cyanide when it is burned.

Individuals using cannabis products contaminated with this fungicide could be inhaling the toxic fumes – and the majority of those using these products are already suffering from tumors and other forms of cancer.

Potential Lawsuits

Some individuals are already filing lawsuits against the marijuana industry. These companies have not warned individuals of the potentially toxic fumes nor have they done enough research of the fungicide before using it on a product. The warehouses are becoming larger as the demand increases and more states legalize the product – which means more companies are becoming sloppy in how they control the quality of their products. By adding chemicals, companies are hoping they will be more efficient and potent, but they are neglecting the fact that the chemicals they use could harm others.

One of the companies targeted in the recent lawsuits is LivWell, Inc. They own several shops throughout Colorado where marijuana has been legalized for medical and recreational use. They operate one of the largest growing houses in the world as well. Their attorneys have stated that they removed Eagle 20 from their growing and that there are no illnesses linked to the fungicide so far.

The state of Colorado has already quarantined 60,000 pot plants from the company to check for Eagle 20 residue present. The hold was lifted after miniscule amounts were found.

The biggest issue for LivWell is that the state has already approved fungicides and pesticides they could use on their plants and Eagle 20 was not on the approved list; therefore, they were acting negligently and outside of their approval process to grow additional plants. Class action lawsuits are now starting to form against the company for their unlawful use of the dangerous chemical on plants.

Have You Been Injured by a Dangerous Drug?

While marijuana is not legalized in Connecticut, there are other chemotherapy and pain-relieving medications that are legal. Contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today to schedule a no obligation case evaluation. Contact us online to get started.