Sacred Garden Committed to Remedy ‘Testing Issue’ on Two Recent Cannabis Strains
SANTA FE: Sacred Garden Dispensary acted responsively on Tuesday, March 22 to establish a voluntary recall on all existing inventory of the strains Snow Cone and Protége ’78 in reaction to the Cannabis Control Division’s notification that they had tested above the former regulatory standards for mold dictated in 22.214.171.124(G) NMAC.
“As one of the originally-chartered New Mexico medical cannabis producers, Sacred Garden has always focused on the well-being of our patients and an unwavering dedication to cultivating quality cannabis as the cornerstones of our business,” asserts Kent Little, Sacred Garden General Manager, “so we’re grateful that this issue has been isolated to only two strains and resolute in our determination to maintain the trust of our patients and reaffirm the company’s reputation as a premier cannabis producer.”
Prior to their release, both strains had passed all required testing and reporting protocols to the state via the Bio Track Seed to Sale System. “Just like all reputable medical cannabis producers, Sacred Garden realizes that even while maintaining the most stringent practices, mold can still be an issue on rare occasions,” says Little. “However we believe this problem has been muddied by the division’s improper collection and broken chain-of-custody of the samples, obviously compounded further that rules for mold testing changed on March 1, 2022.”
Sacred Garden is committed to work with the state to be in complete compliance and has already addressed many of the state’s concerns regarding the strains. A list of all batch numbers related to the product-recall can be found here. Sacred Garden is encouraging all patients to check to see if any recent purchases’ batch numbers match those on the list and if so, return it for an exchange.
“We’re excited for the advent of recreational sales in New Mexico and sincerely hope this incident can serve as the watershed for making regulatory standards fair and consistent for all New Mexico cannabis producers.”
Founded in 2010, Sacred Garden is one of the original New Mexico Medical Cannabis producers and has five locations statewide, including Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Ruidoso.