Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Washington pot shop, Report
Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Washington pot shop, Report

Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Washington pot shop (Video)

A marijuana-infused beverage being sold in Washington state where recreational weed recently became legal made more than a splash recently when bottles began spontaneously bursting inside of a retail display case.

The manager of Top Shelf Cannabis, Zach Henifin wore a face guard and protective clothing to move more than 300 bottles to a steel trash bin and most had exploded by Tuesday.

“It’s almost like bomb box because they randomly go off during the day,” Henifin added.

The legal sparkling pomegranate soda was made by Mirth Provisions of Longview and delivered on Sept. 28. Employees found a sticky mess the next day and heard and saw bottles randomly explode.

Mirth Provisions founder Adam Stites says there was too much yeast in the soda and fermentation caused excess carbon dioxide to build up.

“The yeast ws just building up the pressure in the bottles over a seven to 10 day period,” Stites told KOMO.

According to state law, Top Shelf has to quarantine all marijuana products for 72 hours. Liquid Control Board officers then inspect the product to make sure it meets compliance.

“Everything has to have 100 percent traceability, and if things are blowing up and they are no longer good, are they still going to be traced?” Henifin told the station.
Henifin said that officers told him that products had to be picked up by LCB officers in order for them to be destroyed.

“It’s basically been exploding for a week and a half all over the store,” Henifin said.
Stites eventually sent a driver nine days after Henifin told him the bottles were exploding.

Henifin thought that was the safest spot so nobody would get hurt.


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