Recall Notices

 
 

December 7, 2018: Hashtag Recalls Sweetwater Farms’ Sour Tsunami #3

Hashtag is committed to providing our guests with the highest quality, safest, and most sustainable cannabis products in the world. As a cannabis retailer who values transparency in all we do, we strive to be as open as possible with our customers. And when we receive new information about the products we carry, we make every effort to share that information with our customers in a timely manner.

On November 14, 2018, Ike’s OK, the pesticide testing program founded by Uncle Ike’s retail cannabis stores, posted results of their test of Sweetwater Farms’ Sour Tsunami #3 flower. This product failed to meet the LCB’s regulations for allowed levels of bile tolerant gram negative bacteria. Accordingly, upon receiving this information, Hashtag immediately stopped sales of all Sweetwater Farms’ Sour Tsunami #3 flower, prerolls, and blended concentrates in both our stores.

If you purchased Sweetwater Farms’ Sour Tsunami #3 flower, pre-rolled joints, or concentrates from Hashtag at either location, you may return your Sweetwater Farms’ Sour Tsunami #3 product in its original packaging (with its SKU fully legible) for a full refund, until June 1, 2019. We take pride in the quality of products we offer and value your trust as our customer above all else.

Sweetwater Farms responded to a news article by Lester Black on Nov. 16, 2018 as follows:

Sweetwater's Eric Cohen told me that the elevated gram-negative bacteria levels on this sample were caused by the organic nutrients they feed their plants … "We know exactly where our gram-negative bacteria is coming from. We know it’s in our nutrients, we have been aware of this from day one," Cohen said. "There’s no fecal matter in our nutrients, it’s all plant-derived. And all of the nutrients that we get sent to us get checked for pathogens. The bile-tolerant material that we have does not carry any pathogens."

Cohen reiterated that the category of gram-negative bacteria contains many different types of organisms, many of which are not harmful. He said if any of the organic nutrients, which are mixed with water to feed the plants, touch the flower it can result in a failed test.

"If something splashes onto it–and again there’s nothing harmful in that [nutrient mix]–it will test positive as gram-negative bacteria but there’s nothing negative on that, there’s nothing harmful in that," Cohen said. "We refuse to switch to synthetic because we don’t believe in growing with synthetic chemicals. We believe that anything that we grow as organic is going to have this bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria."

Hashtag is proud to work with a partner as transparent as Sweetwater Farms and gladly continues to offer their full line of products for sale, with this singular exception.

Please contact service@seattlehashtag.com with your questions, comments, and concerns.

 

November 4, 2018: Hashtag Recalls all Clandestine Gardens Products

Hashtag is committed to providing our guests with the highest quality, safest, and most sustainable cannabis products in the world. As a cannabis retailer who values transparency in all we do, we strive to be as open as possible with our customers.

On Friday, October 19, 2018, Clandestine Gardens issued a recall of some batches of their products when pesticide action levels were found by lab testing to be above requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board (LCB). Accordingly, Hashtag immediately stopped sales of all Clandestine Gardens products in question.

On Monday, October 22, 2018, Hashtag Cannabis halted sales of all remaining Clandestine Gardens products in both our stores, after Clandestine Gardens voluntarily recalled the remainder of their product already distributed to retailers, and forfeited the entirety of their own plant and product stock, for submission to the LCB for additional testing.

If you purchased Clandestine Gardens flower, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, or vaporizing cartridges from Hashtag at either location, you may return your Clandestine Gardens product in its original packaging (with its SKU fully legible) for a full refund, until May 1, 2019. We take pride in the quality of products we offer and value your trust as our customer above all else.

Clandestine Gardens has issued the following statement:

Prior to the recall, the LCB had conducted product testing to ensure the quality of our plants. As we strictly adhere to the rules and regulations put in place by the LCB, we were confident our test results would convey this. It is our obligation and purpose to bring the highest quality cannabis products to the market, so we continued business per usual under this pretense … On the Thursday evening before the Friday recall, we were informed of plans from the LCB to recall limited lots of product that had been tested. The findings concluded that a fungicide known as PCNB was detected in very low quantities.

As a result, we issued a voluntary recall of ALL products left in vendor inventory and voluntarily forfeited the entirety of our plant and product stock. This was out of concern for our customer ... The testing takes three months, and we decided to take every precaution in removing it all.

That said, the fungicide that presented itself in the tests is only available for sale to state governments, i.e., the Department of Transportation, the railroads, etc. WE HAVE NO WAY TO PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT.  Please don’t think we did so ... The voluntary forfeit is so we can isolate the source and continue to grow product. Along with the LCB, we have personally conducted water and soil samples. These results take time.

Please contact service@seattlehashtag.com with your questions, comments, and concerns.