Is the pot that will be sold in Maine safe?

CBS 13 is on your side answering your questions about Maine’s new marijuana law. (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME) -- Will this weed be any different than what you could get on the black market?

Supporters say yes, because under this legislation the state must have an independent testing program.

Testing of the marijuana will look for dangerous molds, mildew, any harmful microbes or pesticides.

Testing will also verify the THC potency.

The testing will have to be independent; meaning anyone who has a license for a testing facility cannot be licensed to grow or sell marijuana.

Under Maine’s Medical Marijuana Law, independent testing is not required, but it is done at the wellness connection of Maine.

“It's extremely important to guarantee the quality of the product. I think it's a public safety matter whether you're using it medically or recreationally, you need to know what you're using and make sure it's quality and not contaminated or anything of the like. And I think the third party guarantees the results or the validity of the results,” Patricia Rosi, CEO, Wellness Connection of Maine, said.

There would also be labeling requirements on retail marijuana and retail marijuana products.

So when you buy an item you'll find where the marijuana was cultivated, the THC potency and the THC per serving. That of course is something you would not find on street pot.

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