We’re sure the people at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, WA want business to be booming—just not quite like this.

KOMO News tells us that on September 28th, the marijuana retail store took delivery of 330 bottles of Legal Sparkling Pomegranate cannabis-infused soda from Mirth Provisions. Ten of those bottles went home with happy customers that same day.

The very next day, employees arrived at work to find some of the bottles shattered, and glass shards all over.

Still, they weren’t really worried until they actually saw bottles start to explode.

Store manager Zach Henefin told KOMO News, “It sounded like a shotgun going off. You can actually feel it, it was that explosive.”

There’s more of a sticky problem here than just messy exploded soda bottles, though. Washington State law says that the state Liquor Control Board determines how legal marijuana products are handled.

The problem? State law says that Top Shelf Cannabis can’t destroy potentially dangerous products like these without quarantining them for 72 hours first.

That way, the LCB can inspect them for compliance with state laws. Those same state laws say that the manufacturer is actually responsible for any product destruction that needs to occur.

While no one at the store was injured by the exploding bottles, store employees stuck the bottles in a huge steel box that looks like a Dumpster, where they continued to explode for 10 days straight.

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Photo: KOMO News

Don’t worry, no mad scientist has been experimenting with grafting exploding cannabis seedlings. As it turned out, the cannabis content wasn’t the culprit—higher yeast concentration was

Mirth Provisions founder Adam 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.

Henefin, for his part, had some questions about what the LCB’s rules meant in this particular situation. 

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?”

Mirth Provisions has promised to provide Top Shelf Cannabis—and two Vancouver stores that were also affected by this same faulty batch—with full refunds.

The moral of the story: agitated yeast is clearly more dangerous than cannabis.

[via Consumerist, KOMO News]

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