Kushy Punch Caught Making Illegal Cannabis Products Posted on October 5, 2019 by Alex Collins California state officials confiscated these Kushy Punch vape cartridges in their investigation of the company’s unlicensed Canoga Park facility. (Courtesy of CA Dept. of Consumer Affairs)California has a troubling new wrinkle in the vaping story rocking the nation.
Acting on a tip, state officials raided a warehouse in Canoga Park and discovered an illegal manufacturing operation.
Prompted by a tip, investigators at the California Department of Consumer Affairs served a search warrant on Thursday, Oct. 3, at a light industrial space north of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley city of Canoga Park.
There they found an illegal cannabis product manufacturing operation apparently operated by Kushy Punch, a legal state-licensed company. Authorities seized a number of finished products, including gummies in Kushy Punch packaging and disposable vaporizers in Kushy Vape packaging.
In photos obtained by Leafly, the facility appeared to be performing petro-solvent extractions, where a technician concentrates the active ingredient in cannabis, THC. Petro-solvent extraction is legal with a permit in California. The extraction method can sometimes have the effect of concentrating pesticides along with the THC.
Kushy Punch under scrutiny
A source familiar with Kushy Punch accused the adult-use licensee of maintaining two facilities: one licensed and one black market. (Leafly is granting the source’s request for anonymity because disclosing their personal information might endanger their own safety and the safety of others.)
A source close to Kushy Punch alleges the company maintained two facilities: one licensed and one black market.
The source alleges that cannabis that tested clean went through Kushy Punch’s licensed facility and into the licensed supply chain.
The source also says cannabis that might fail the state’s stringent pesticide standards went to the illicit extraction lab, pen factory, and kitchen located at 8427 Canoga Ave. in Canoga Park. That facility sits on the same block as the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Community Police Station.
“This is where they have all black market operations going,” the source told Leafly. “They are using untested black market oil that is heavy in pesticide.”RelatedVape pen lung injury: Here’s what you need to know
Kushy Punch CEO Ruben Cross did not respond to Leafly’s attempts to reach him to address the accusations.
Kushy Punch’s licensed edibles are manufactured and distributed by Vertical Bliss Inc. of Northridge, a legal state cannabis licensee, according to documents posted on the KushyPunch.com website.
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