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momofthegoons

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We've talked about the issue of vape cartridge safety and all of the health issues that arose from the counterfeit and untested cartridges. But we haven't discussed cartridges that are tested as safe, but have misleading labeling or packaging. This thread is for that discussion. What are you really getting in those cartridges that you are buying?

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST LIVE RESIN VAPE CARTRIDGE MANUFACTURER

As the cannabis market matures, we see more lawsuits based on fraud, including claims made on packaging and marketing materials. A recent class-action complaint filed in San Francisco County Superior Court alleges that Raw Garden™ products packaged as “refined Live Resin vape pens” do not contain Live Resin. Instead they are allegedly made with distillate and reintroduced terpenes.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this complaint. It is important to watch as many industry terms have been loosely defined while others are well known and settled. When packaging your cannabis product, it’s crucial that you accurately describe your product. Adding a disclaimer like “refined” is tricky. Your packaging may still be considered misleading.

Quotes from the complaint are posted in italics.

The Complaint

Raw Garden, a DBA for Central Coast Agriculture LLC, has well-loved cannabis vape pens and a strong following. The following included the plaintiff in the complaint. The plaintiff claims that he purchased the Raw Garden vape cartridge and paid a premium price for the products because he believed them to contain Live Resin. The complaint states the plaintiff would not have purchased the product if he knew it was made with distillates and reintroduced terpenes.

The complaint alleges that Raw Garden creates the vape pen cartridges by making Live Resin, distilling it, and adding terpenes back into this distillate. The company then packages and sells the resulting liquid as a “refined” Live Resin vape cartridge according to the complaint. The complaint continues to allege that the liquid used in Raw Garden’s “Live Resin” cartridge is not Live Resin because it has been distilled and despite the re-addition of terpenes, it does not contain all the organic compounds that are in a true Live Resin.

Distillates vs. Live Resin: What’s the difference?

Dabconnection.com explains, distillates focus on retaining the strength and purity of cannabis concentrate. Taste and flavor are not a priority. The distillation extraction process requires a solvent such as CO2, butane or ethanol, pressure, steam, and heat.

Cannabis is harvested, dried, and cured. A very cold solvent is run through room temperature cannabis. The cannabis is soaked in the solvent, then broken up while keeping the solvent extremely cold. The mixture is then filtered to remove the plant, heated to remove the solvent and distilled to create a pure oil. Terpenes, phytonutrients, and other chemicals are destroyed or burned off by the process.

It’s a relatively new technique, developed in 2013. Freshly harvested cannabis is cryogenically frozen, retaining its terpene profile, original flavor, and fragrance throughout the extraction process and into the final product. It is extracted with butane, and then the butane is purged with warm water (45°F max). The remainder of the butane is then purged using a vacuum chamber. This process results in a preserved terpene profile.

Conclusion

If the complaint is correct and the company creates a Live Resin and distills it, do you think “refined Live Resin” is an accurate product description? With July’s cannabis sales in California’s regulated market hitting $348 million, it’s clear the industry has matured. Business owners need to be extremely careful with packaging, ensuring they can back up all claims in a court of law.


Sources

“Packaging Scrutiny - Class Action Complaint Filed against Live Resin Vape Cartridge Manufacturer.” Inkbrite, 12 Aug. 2020, inkbrite.com/packaging-gone-wrong-class-action-complaint-filed-against-raw-garden-refined-live-resin/.
 

Basement Farmer

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It's probably semantics to most people and with so much irregularity and lack of any real clear definition of what makes a product the product it is by name, a class action lawsuit seems extreme.

Especially when it is against a company regarding product that is generally held in high regard....not that I'm familiar with either. Creating a hostile market is no way to see responsible corporations succeed. Especially in such a financially dicey industry like legal cannabis.

I haven't read into the 'damages' but personally I would think that changing the product name would be / should be good enough for me.
 

bulllee

Well-Known Member
Truth on product labels, and advertising is nothing new. The food industry is still in turmoil over easy to read and understand food labels. There is a lot of big money fighting the FDA on labeling. These jokers knew exactly what they were selling and they got caught. Distillate is way cheaper than Live resin, so why not say it's live resin ? :rofl: Another reason to just say no to cartridges ! :nod:
 

Basement Farmer

Well-Known Member
Truth on product labels, and advertising is nothing new. The food industry is still in turmoil over easy to read and understand food labels. There is a lot of big money fighting the FDA on labeling. These jokers knew exactly what they were selling and they got caught. Distillate is way cheaper than Live resin, so why not say it's live resin ? :rofl: Another reason to just say no to cartridges ! :nod:

Most likely. Like they were making a comparable synthesized but less costly to produce product, but marketing it as the more desirable OG product. Like Maple Syrup...They should have called it "I Can't Believe It's Not Real Live Resin"

There's always the chance that the fake stuff is as good or possibly even superior than the real thing. Too bad they don't attempt to market it on its own merit.

I offer to do side by side comparisons in the name of science if anyone wants to start a crowdsource fund on my behalf.
 

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