A marijuana plant is in flower at a Denver cultivation facility in 2013. (Joe Amon, Denver Post file)

Check Your Stash: Are you consuming pesticide-peppered pot? Full recall list

The marijuana flower, edibles and concentrates in your stash — are they pesticide-free? Find out in this updated list of all pot companies going through product recalls in Colorado

Will 2015 be remembered as the year legal marijuana first encountered — and eventually figured out — its pesticide problem?

The national conversation surrounding pesticide application on cannabis blew up this year. The hot topic has made headlines in Oregon, Washington, New Hampshire, California and elsewhere — but nowhere was the conversation more heated and involved than in Colorado, the first U.S. state to start selling legal cannabis.

Lucas Targos, the head grower at L'Eagle, sprays marijuana plants in the cultivation room with neem oil, which helps combat spider mites and mildew and has been approved for use by the state in certain products. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
Lucas Targos, the head grower at L’Eagle, sprays marijuana plants in the cultivation room with neem oil, which helps combat spider mites and mildew and has been approved for use by the state in certain products. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

It began after more than 100,000 plants were put on hold because of pesticide concerns. Inspections were stepped-up in cultivation facilities. A lot of questions were asked — but not a lot of them had answers. The industry reacted to the changing landscape — but the industry also flexed its political muscle in an effort to delay state and city efforts to enact pesticide regulations.

My colleagues and I at The Denver Post and The Cannabist commissioned independent tests on marijuana concentrates, and the results — which showed high levels of banned pesticides in one popular brand, Mahatma — spurred a Denver Department of Environmental Health investigation that recalled Mahatma products, and now many others.

The pesticides-and-pot conversations in Colorado served as a gateway to other related issues. The Post learned that Colorado’s attorney general was investigating several marijuana businesses over concerns the word “organic” in their names or advertising might be misleading to consumers. Colorado’s former agriculture commissioner said the marijuana industry “was the biggest obstacle we had” in devising any effective pesticide regulation. And more than two months after their first pot recall, Denver health officials started requiring marijuana companies that recall products tainted with unapproved pesticides to use their websites and social media accounts to alert consumers, who weren’t returning many of the recalled products, The Post learned.

A screen grab from the press release announcing EdiPure's first recall of marijuana-infused edibles shows how customers can find out if any of the products they've purchased have been recalled via batch numbers. (Denver Department of Environmental Health)
A screen grab from the press release announcing EdiPure’s first recall of marijuana-infused edibles shows how customers can find out if any of the products they’ve purchased have been recalled via batch numbers. (Denver Department of Environmental Health)

Even though no sicknesses have yet been attributed to the use of these banned pesticides, a pair of marijuana users in Colorado — one of them a medical-card holder with a brain tumor — have sued the state’s largest pot grower for allegedly using a potentially dangerous pesticide on the pot they later purchased. The state proposed new rules that would further restrict which pesticides can be used to grow marijuana. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order telling state agencies that any marijuana grown with unapproved pesticides is a threat to public safety and should be removed from commerce and destroyed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put the onus on the makers of pesticides to prove their safety.

And meanwhile, the recalls of marijuana and pot products keep rolling. Because each recall of pesticide-tainted cannabis involves long lists of items associated with often-lengthy batch numbers, The Cannabist has compiled all of the available information in one place for readers concerned about the purity of their pot. So below you’ll find our reporting on each recall — as well as the city of Denver’s press releases on the recalls, which contain exact information to help users identify any tainted pot and cannabis products they might have.

Do you have pesticide-peppered pot in your stash? Find out now — and we will keep this list updated.


Nov. 9: Medicinal Wellness Center LLC
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health


Oct. 24: Tree of Wellness LLC
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

Oct. 19: Green Meadows Wellness LLC, (DBA Infinite Wellness Center)
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division


Sept. 23 (two state recalls): JVT Enterprises Inc. (DBA Colorado Cannabis Connection and Wash Park Boutique LLC (DBA Lucy Sky Dispensary)
The JVT Enterprises Inc. press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The Wash Park Boutique press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Sept. 12 (two state recalls): The Tea Pot and Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana (DBA SOCO MMJ)
The Tea Pot press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Sept. 7 (two state recalls): Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill and Green Natural Solutions
The Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The Green Natural Solutions press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division


Aug. 22: Colorado’s Best Inc. (DBA La Conte’s Clone Bar and Dispensary)
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health


June 21: Wash Park Boutique LLC (DBA Lucy Sky Dispensary)
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

June 14: Big Toe LLC (DBA Fine Trees)
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

June 8: The Tea Pot LLC
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

June 6: Pineapple Exchange
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

June 1: JVT Enterprises (DBA Colorado Cannabis Connection)
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health


May 23 (two recalls): Best Budz, LLC and Biomeds, LLC
The Best Budz press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The Biomeds press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

May 13: Avicenna Products
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health


April 27: Avicenna Products
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Denver Department of Environmental Health

April 26: Kazimer LLC (DBA Bud Cellar)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 22: Medicine Man LLC (DBA Life Flower Dispensary LLC)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 21: Grow Life LLC
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 20: Caregivers For Life
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 7 (two state recalls): J and J Enterprises (DBA Pagosa Organic Therapeutics) and Flower Power Botanicals
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for Pagosa Organic Therapeutics, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for Flower Power Botanicals, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 5: Acme Healing Center of Ridgway
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

April 1 (two state recalls): Health Depot LLC (DBA Sticky Buds) and Wanna LLC (DBA Northern Lights Cannabis Co.)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for Sticky Buds, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for Northern Lights Cannabis Co., from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division


March 23: FireHouse Organics
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press releases for FireHouse Organics North and FireHouse Organics Central, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 21: Colorado’s Best Inc. (DBA La Conte’s Clone Bar & Dispensary)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 17: MGI Inc. (DBA Kindman)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 14 (two state recalls): RR Services and Advanced Medical Alternatives
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for RR Services, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for Advanced Medical Alternatives, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 11 (two state recalls): Headquarters Cannabis Co. and Skinny Pineapple, Inc. (DBA The Farm)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for Headquarters, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for The Farm, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 9: Artisanal Medicinals
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

March 7: Sunrise Solutions
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division


Feb. 25: Back to the Garden and High Street Growers
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for Back to the Garden, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for High Street Growers, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Feb. 24: Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Feb. 23: XG Platinum Corporation
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Feb. 19 (2 state recalls): Dr. Releaf Inc. and High Mountain Medz (DBA Levity Wellness)
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release for Dr. Releaf Inc., from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
The press release for High Mountain Medz, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division

Feb. 11: Generation Health, CC Foods, K-Puff
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver


Jan. 29: Caregivers for Life
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Jan. 27 (2 recalls): Organa Labs, OpenVape
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver


Dec. 30, 2015: Mountain High Suckers
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 21, 2015: EdiPure
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 16, 2015: Caviar Kings, Neos, RevTec
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 11, 2015: Advanced Medical Alternatives
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 8, 2015: EdiPure
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 3, 2015: Advanced Medical Alternatives
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Dec. 1, 2015: EdiPure
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver


Nov. 18, 2015: Gaia’s Garden
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Nov. 17, 2015: Lab710 Concentrates
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Nov. 3, 2015: Gaia’s Garden
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver


Oct. 30, 2015: EdiPure/Green Cross
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Oct. 21, 2015: Nature’s Cure/Colfax Pot Shop
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Oct. 14, 2015: TruCannabis/Colorado Care Facility
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver


Sept. 18, 2015. Sacred Seed
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Sept. 18, 2015: Denver-Rec Dispensary
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver

Sept. 8, 2015: Mahatma Concentrates
The story, from The Denver Post and The Cannabist
The press release, from the city of Denver