​Marijuana-Infused Soda Bottles Explode In Pot Store After Shipment

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October 9, 2021

Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham after self destructing within 24 hours of delivery.

According to Examiner, the pot bottles on the store shelves of the Bellingham, Washington, store sounded like sounding like gunshots. While they did sell 10 of them, the employees found a sticky mess and shards of glass the following day. During the night, they began to self destruct.

The employees didn’t think anything was dangerous until they heard and saw bottles randomly explode. Top Shelf Cannabis manager Zach Henifin told KOMO News:

“It sounded like a shotgun going off … You can actually feel it, it was that explosive.”

Wearing a face shield and protective garb, Henifin placed cartons of unexploded soda in a steel box the size of a small dumpster outside of the store. The staff used bleach to clean up the mess and pulled pieces of glass from cardboard boxes. The “pot pop” continued to explode inside the steel container for 10 days. Henifin said:

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

No one was injured at the store from the exploding marijuana-infused soda bottles, but they don’t know if the customers that bought the soda had their bottles explode on them.

According to The Inquisitr, “it is not known if any of the customers who purchased the pot soda have had problems with exploding bottles.

Adam Stites, the founder of Mirth Provisions, said Top Shelf wasn’t the only shop reporting exploding bottles. Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam in Vancouver reported problems with the pop. Stites told KOMO News:

“It was simply the fact that his batch had a higher yeast concentration, and one of the by-products of yeast is excess carbon dioxide. The yeast was just building up the pressure in the bottles over a seven to 10 day period.”

He says his company pressured test the carbonated drink to be 14 PSI — or pounds per square inch. Stites says bottles were designed to handle 42 PSI. He says he plans to offer a full refund to shops, but he’s have a dispute with Top Shelf over who is responsible for picking up and destroying the marijuana-infused soda bottles.

There’s not an easy answer to the question. I-502 gives the Liquor Control Board strict authority on how to regulate the growing, processing, packaging and shipping of any legal marijuana product sold in the state, and that includes marijuana infused products like sparkling pomegranate.

State law says Top Shelf had to quarantine any marijuana product for 72 hours to allow the opportunity for LCB officers to inspect the products for compliance. There is little wiggle room that allows Top Shelf to destroy a potentially dangerous product that could cause bodily harm. Hinefin explained:

“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? What happens us at that point?”

The marijuana-infused soda bottles are still exploding. Henifin said the LCB enforcement offer told them state rules say the product had to be picked up by the manufacturer for it to be destroyed. But Longview is a 3 and a half hour drive from Bellingham and the bottles were exploding.