Maine doesn't protect against contaminated medical marijuana

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Maine has no testing program for medical marijuana used by 50,000 certified patients who purchase $50 million of cannabis a year.

The Maine Sunday Telegram reports that one testing lab says the state's medical marijuana is rife with contaminants from high levels of mold and bacteria to pesticides and residual solvents.

Sharon Corbett of Lincolnville says she paid for her own testing that determined the concentrated oil she'd been taking for years to ward off a return of cancer was contaminated by a chemical solvent used in paint thinner or lighter fluid.

Falmouth doctor Dustin Sulak, a cannabis specialist, urges his patients to grow their own marijuana and do their own extractions to ensure purity. New testing will be required, however, for recreational marijuana once it's sold in Maine.