Mislabeled Cannabis Products With Illegal THC Content Sold At Top VA Senator's Marijuana Shop

Mislabeled Cannabis Products With Illegal THC Content Sold At Top VA Senator's Marijuana Shop

Virginia lawmakers approved cannabis legalization last year, allowing the possession of small amounts of it, however, the sale, manufacture and trafficking of marijuana remain a felony.

With the black and gray market for retail marijuana exploding in Virginia following legalization, mislabeled products and presence of a controlled substance in products became an issue. 

According to Virginia Mercury, the Lucky Charms cereal bars for sale at Sen. Louise Lucas' Cannabis Outlet in Portsmouth fall into both of those categories.

For starters, the marshmallow treat contains delta-9 THC, which is illegal to sell in Virginia and the label overstates the product's potency, suggesting it contained 600 milligrams of THC instead of just under 30 milligrams, as the lab tests showed.

Customers Are Suffering

Unfortunately, the customers are getting the raw end of the marshmallow stick. They have little to no assurance regarding the quality and content of the mostly-synthetic THC products that are sold in gas stations, health food stores, and dedicated retail outlets like the one co-owned by Sen. Lucas.

"What concerns me is that people don't know what they're taking," said Michelle Peace, a forensic science professor at VCU who is known nationwide her research in the field. "The products are not quality tested, but consumers are trusting they are made in a sanitary environment and that the label is accurate."

When asked about the incident in a brief interview at the Capitol last week, Lucas, who presides over the Virginia Senate as president pro tempore of the chamber, said that she sells hemp and CBD products.

However, Peace, who analyzed two samples from the senator's store on behalf of the Mercury, said that the products from Lucas'store correspond to the broader market.

In fact, according to an independent review of 66 products purchased in other stores around the state, also conducted by Peace, all but one were inaccurately labeled. Collected by advocacy group Virginians for Safe Cannabis, the produces came from Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads and Roanoke.

Peace presented the research to the General Assembly on Tuesday, emphasizing that consumers can't safely dose the drugs because of the inaccurate labeling and inconsistency among products.

Cannabis Products Sold "Out Of Control" 

While state lawmakers are actively debating how to legalize cannabis sales, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' spokesman said products are being so widely sold already and that nothing can be done about it.

"Given the proliferation of delta-8 THC products in the retail marketplace, the agency does not currently have the enforcement resources to effectively remove all products under the agency's jurisdiction from retail establishments," said Michael Wallace, an agency spokesman in an email.

Similarly, Virginia's law enforcement agencies are closing their eyes to the fact that the issue is growing.

"Enforcement of marijuana never was a high priority," said John Jones, Virginia Sheriff's Association director. "Now, given public sentiment, lack of resources, and a complicated law, I think law enforcement are focusing on enforcement issues that folks care about."

Police Chief DeWitt Cooper from the small town of Galax said that the situation has "gotten out of control."

"We can't police every gas station," he said. "Because they're selling it as hemp, we can't say otherwise unless we start buying all this stuff and testing it."

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.


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