Independent tests performed by Steep Hill Halent Colorado, and commissioned by The Denver Post, often revealed stark differences in the amount of THC that edible-makers advertise and the amount a product actually contains. The paper reported Sunday that Dr. J's Hash Infusion was the worst offender, with one chocolate Star Barz supposedly containing 100 milligrams of THC measuring out at .37 mg instead. Dr. J's Winter Mint flavor yielded even less, at only .28 mg.
After hearing about the results, Dr. J's CEO Tom Sterlacci initially questioned the validity of the tests conducted by Steep Hill, a state-licensed lab. However, he later offered to the Post that his company had recently significantly increased batch sizes to meet demand, which may have affected consistency.
"We were making smaller batches prior to recreational, but the demand went so high that we are now making bigger batches," Sterlacci told the Denver daily. "Because our hash is cold-water extracted, it's particalized [sic]. It's not an oil like butane or CO2. So if you have the medicine sitting, the particles could fall to the bottom. So somebody could get a high-potency product and somebody could get a low-potency product."
Other offenders from the test include watermelon drops from Mile High Candy (17 mg of THC present in a 100 mg package); Dixie Elixirs' Dixie Rolls (60 mg present, 100 mg expected); and Incredibles' Mile High Mint (146 mg present, 100 mg expected).
Ultimately, the uncertainty is only temporary; beginning in May, the state will require infused-products makers to test for potency.
On Monday, the state of Colorado released the first official total of marijuana-related sales tax collected. Previous numbers were hinted at, when Gov. Hickenlooper released a funding request, but this the first tally: In January, the state brought in $2.01 million, with Denver County responsible for $985,407 of that. About $1.4 million comes from a special 10 percent sales-tax rate; $416,690 from the regular 2.9 percent state sales-tax rate; and $195,318 from a 15 percent excise tax set to fund public-school construction.
A release from the state notes that returns were filed by only 59 RMJ stores, meaning there will be a lot more where this came from once all players are licensed.
• A recent report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that medical-marijuana patient registry numbers actually increased for the period between Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 31, when Amendment 64 took effect, from 110,979 to 111,030. El Paso County gained eight registrants, to total 15,328.
• The Cañon City Daily Record reports that Cañon City has extended a moratorium on recreational-marijuana stores until July 1.
• Club 710 (1609 S. Nevada Ave.) will host a "St. Dabby's Day" celebration at 7:10 p.m., Sunday, March 16. Cost is $10 to $20.