The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has temporarily suspended a testing lab’s license and issued a recall for 99 medical marijuana products related to the lab’s alleged rules violations.
THE TESTING LAB
The OMMA issued its emergency order on May 20, 2022, against Scale Laboratories in Oklahoma City, said Tulsa medical marijuana attorney Stephen Cale. Scale Laboratories is the trade name for Shiv Krupa LLC, OMMA License No. LAAA-C8NH-JZ02.
THE EMERGENCY ORDER
According to the emergency order, OMMA inspections at Scale on April 12, April 13 and April 20, along with a review of Scale’s records, found testing violations that pose a threat to public health, safety and welfare.
Specifically, the emergency order alleges the Scale Laboratories:
- Reported passing test results to licensees on 138 samples that failed tests for yeast and mold.
- Reported passing test results to licensees for nine samples that failed testing for aspergillus, five samples that failed testing for E. coli and one sample that failed testing for salmonella;
- Did not use appropriate procedures or recordkeeping for testing for microbiological contamination, pesticides or heavy metals;
- Did not use appropriate quality control methods;
- Manipulated testing data; and
- Routinely deviated from its standard operating procedures.
In addition to temporarily suspending the testing lab’s license, the OMMA issued a recall, alerting 33 businesses of 99 affected products.
The growers and processors that received the recall notice are required to inform dispensaries that bought the recalled products.
OMMA rules require dispensaries to contact patients who purchased the recalled products. Failure to assist in the recall could result in a $5,000 fine said Tulsa medical marijuana attorney Stephen Cale.
Patients with questions about the recall should contact their dispensary.
OMMA advises any patient in possession of a recalled product to return it to the dispensary.
Marijuana and marijuana products subject to the recall include flower, infused pre-rolls, ice water hash, live rosin, cartridges with concentrates, and other extracts. View or download the COMPLETE RECALL LIST.
The list includes information found on medical marijuana packaging and labels. Patients can check their product labels to see if what they bought is on the list.
Patients concerned they consumed a recalled product or any medical marijuana product that makes them feel ill should contact their physician for guidance, the OMMA said.
“We are first and foremost concerned about the health, safety and welfare of patients who might consume harmful marijuana products,” OMMA Executive Director Adria Berry said in a press release.
“Let this serve as a warning to any licensee attempting to skirt state laws: We work diligently behind the scenes to find and take down the bad actors within this industry,” she said.
“If you’re engaging in actions that threaten the health and safety of Oklahomans, you won’t get away with it,” Berry said. “Our inspection teams are working across the state to keep Oklahomans safe by identifying problems and gathering the necessary evidence to help shut down bad actors that choose to break the law.”
Medical marijuana attorney Stephen Cale is the founder of Cale Law Office, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been serving people with legal needs for more than 23 years. Cale works with a number of marijuana-related organizations. He is a Legal Committee member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Additionally, he serves on the board of Green Country NORML, a Tulsa chapter of NORML. He also serves as a board member for, and is on the Standard Operating Procedures steering committee for, OK4U Approved, a medical marijuana patient union and trade organization.