Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
In a letter to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), AHPA strongly recommends that the office ensures that the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) sufficiently differentiates between the parts of the cannabis plant and the route of exposure when it reviews scientific literature to determine if certain cannabis articles should be listed under Proposition 65 as causing reproductive toxicity.
OEHHA recently selected cannabis (marijuana), marijuana (cannabis) smoke, cannabis extracts, and Δ-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for DARTIC to review for possible listing under Proposition 65 as causing reproductive toxicity (developmental toxicity endpoint). DARTIC serves as California's qualified experts and renders an opinion about whether a chemical has been clearly shown to cause reproductive toxicity. Chemicals identified by DARTIC as causing reproductive toxicity are added to the Proposition 65 list.
AHPA submitted recommendations to OEHHA to encourage specificity in the review so that research on cannabis (exclusive of seed, seed oil or fiber) smoke for inhalation is not used to make recommendations for cannabis flower extract for ingestion, for example.
Specifically, AHPA recommends that DARTIC’s review of scientific data consider the following issues:
For more information on Prop 65, download AHPA’s free Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Cannabis Products, Guidance on California Proposition 65 and Herbal Products (member login required), and AHPA’s consumer-facing FAQ, Proposition 65 and the Food We Eat.
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