A man puffs in the Vape Lab coffee bar in London on Aug. 27, 2014. (Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)

Generation Health recalls K-Puff, other vape oils for pesticide concerns

Updated Feb. 12, 2016 at 9:33 a.m.

Denver marijuana shop Generation Health has voluntarily recalled more than 2,600 vape pens and concentrates over the presence of potentially dangerous pesticides, according to the city of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health.

The recall is the city’s 20th pesticide-based marijuana recall since Sept. 8, when it announced its first recall involving cannabis extracts manufactured by Mahatma Concentrates.

All 2,665 of the newly recalled vape pens and oils are labeled as Generation Health, according to the city. The contaminated plants were grown by Generation Health’s cultivation, which does business as Patient’s Plus, and the recalled products were manufactured by the shop’s infusions company CC Foods.

Generation Health released a statement late-Thursday saying it reached out to the city of Denver after “an internal audit revealed pesticide residues on our own products.” In other recalls, the city has followed data trails of tainted product to cannabis companies.

“This recall will cost the company an estimated half million dollars,” Generation Health said in its statement, “but we do so willingly as the consumer’s safety is our number one priority. Consumers and critics cannot gain confidence in a closed door industry. It is our stance that we must be proactive to protect the consumer and gain the confidence of the general public. We also must openly address issues to inform the consumer and educate those who are employed in the industry. Cannabis products have the same potential of harm to the consumer as any other herbal supplement if the product is not manufactured according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards.”

The city found residual levels of pesticide chemical myclobutanil, which is banned for use on cannabis in Colorado, in the products.

Some of the recalled products include K-Puff lines Pink, Indica, CBD and CBD Essentials as well as various sized vape pen cartridges labeled Indica, Sativa, Hybrid and CBD. A full list of the recalled items, with batch numbers, can be found at the Department of Environmental Health’s website.

The Cannabist has been maintaining a full list of the city’s previous marijuana recalls.

Consumers who purchased any of the recalled items should dispose of them or return them to the point of purchase.