A Survey for Mold Contaminated Marihuana in the Forensic Laboratory
The incidence with which wet or moldy marihuana samples are received by the forensic drug chemist appears to be steadily increasing in recent years. There are at least four factors that contribute to this: 1) the premature packaging of plant material which is moist and green; 2) the long lag time between harvest and delivery of marihuana to the ultimate user; 3) the storage and transport of the plant material wrapped in plastic or other non-porous containers which retain moisture and are conducive to mold growth; and 4) the frequency with which smuggling into the U.S. is associated with water — either via boat or air-drop into coastal areas.
KeywordsMold Growth Forensic Laboratory Toxigenic Fungus Federal State State Street Sample
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