Marijuana Ingredient Found in U.S. Town Well
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Marijuana Ingredient Found in U.S. Town Well
Posted by CN Staff on July 22, 2016 at 04:51:34 PT
By Keith Coffman
Source: Reuters
Denver -- Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday.A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting.
“At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities,” the sheriff’s office said. “Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water.”Susan Kelly, the county’s public health director, said there were no reports of anyone falling ill or otherwise being affected by the tainted water.Colorado allows both medical and recreational marijuana use. But it was unclear how THC got into the water, as there are no legal marijuana cultivation sites or dispensaries in the area, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue, which regulates the state’s cannabis industry.Captain Michael Yowell of the sheriff’s office said there was evidence that the well was tampered with, and that the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation have joined the probe.The initial screening was done with a “field testing kit,” Yowell told reporters, and the state health department would conduct more through testing. The level of contamination detected was not specified.The Lincoln County health department said in an alert that residents should avoid drinking, cooking or bathing with the town’s water for at least 48 hours.“The contaminated well has been identified and shut down and the lines are being flushed,” the alert said. “Fresh water will be coming into town for the public as soon as possible.”Peter Perrone, a chemist and owner of the state-licensed cannabis testing facility, Gobi Analytical in suburban Denver, said he was skeptical of the reports.“It’s virtually impossible to find THC in water in concentrated levels because cannabinoids are not water soluble,” Perrone told Reuters in a telephone interview.Yowell said he understands that some are questioning how THC could be found in the water, but that does not explain why the tests came up positive for the chemical.“I wouldn’t be doing my job for the community if we just wrote this off,” he said.Editing by Steve Gorman and Nick MacfieNewshawk: HopeSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Keith CoffmanPublished: July 21, 2016Copyright: 2016 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 25, 2016 at 11:57:51 PT
The testing companies.
How do they get away with selling so much of something for so long that is so worthless.I'm sure we're talking big bucks here. It's not a "tool" for law enforcement. It's a farce. A really ugly, offensive farce.On the other hand... Wasserman Gate. I kind of feel like whistling a few choruses of The Witch is Dead for some reason. Except she's still in Congress. 
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on July 24, 2016 at 09:27:35 PT
cruel irony
this is a funny, pathetic joke but the sad truth is that our water IS being laced with Pharma's products from anti-depressants to antibiotics. Not to mention fracking toxins which will be permanent contamination. It's almost like cannabis prohibition is a symbol - a proxy - of everything wrong with the current regime and its planet-destroying ways.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on July 24, 2016 at 02:51:50 PT
Question authority.
Hugo water safe to drink after conclusive tests show no signs of THC in the town of Hugo is not contaminated with THC after all, state tests concluded Saturday morning.-0--Dubious; people doing dubious work for dubious reasons. What else are they doing?-The good? Maybe citizens will use this example in courts showing tests are not safe. CANNABIS IS SAFE. THE TESTS ARE NOT.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on July 23, 2016 at 13:43:10 PT
Shine a light on those field test kits!
The Denver Post says no THC in Hugo water.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 22, 2016 at 09:33:56 PT
What I hope is that this will surely
Bring to light the innacuracy problems of their field test kits. The part about thc not being water soluble has got them saying something about it being "Related to THC", now.It's very curious, but whatever the problem they are having with their water... if it's anything to do with cannabis and puposely adulterated water.... you can pretty much count on this all has something to do with some sort of skulduggery on the part of a dedicated prohibitionist.
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Comment #3 posted by Oleg the Tumor on July 22, 2016 at 07:36:28 PT
Well, they have to flush the lines, don't they? Was this well fracked by Cheech and Chong?Seriously, some chemist is going to have to explain the water solubility of THC. 
 Some stories in the news have a way of just disappearing, I wonder if we'll hear any more about this?
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on July 22, 2016 at 06:38:59 PT
some of our porkier friends still have some sour grapes over the election!  sore losers. Pathetic! Maybe there's some THC hidden in your donuts buddy?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 22, 2016 at 06:21:48 PT
Where's The EPA When You Need Them?
Oh this article. This is the only thing I could think of to say! John Prine: :
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