Flower, shake, pre-rolls and trim from the cannabis company, Bonsai Cultivation, are being ripped off of shelves throughout Colorado. Fears over elevated levels of mold and yeast in their product has forced the company to voluntarily recall all of their flower, this week — and it’s affecting a lot of local businesses throughout the state.

Many of which, are already struggling with a state-wide flower shortage.

DDPHE opened an investigation after identifying multiple samples of marijuana plant material had failed total yeast and mold sampling from multiple retail store locations.” Says a press release from the City and County of Denver.

144 different dispensaries, 11 manufacturing facilities and three cultivation facilities all received weed from Bonsai Cultivation, that now needs to be pulled and disposed of.

“DDPHE is investigating this issue and overseeing the recall process to remove potentially contaminated products from commercial circulation,” assures the press release.

When a person smokes moldy pot, they can inhale thousands (even millions) of mold spores which can nestle down and root into the depths of their lungs — it can cause lung infections, infections in other organs and serious allergic reactions.

It’s bad news. Which is why Bonsai Cultivation stepped up so quickly, took responsibility and recalled their flower. No business in the business of pot wants to make people sick. It’s not just bad PR, it’s a matter of principal: marijuana is a medicine. No self-respecting producer would want to make their users sick.

And, avoiding liability is always a good thing. 

 “Consumers with concerns about their personal health should contact their physician with related questions,” the press release explains. “Any consumers who experienced symptoms of illness after smoking, vaping, or other consumption method of plant material purchased from Bonsai Cultivation are also urged to contact DDPHE at: phicomments@denvergov.org.”

This recall comes amid a state-wide cannabis flower shortage that is already affecting a lot of dispensaries around the state. Some of these stores have even had to put their flower on pre-order — and when flower represents roughly half of a dispensary’s income, that is a troubling situation.

Now, with this recall on top of that shortage, there are surely some dispensaries looking at their margins with trepidation.

But they aren’t the only businesses who should be worried. A recall like this one can sound like a death knell for the producers who are responsible. Bonsai Cultivation did the right thing by agreeing to recall their flower when they were given the opportunity — but that might not be enough to save their business. Undoubtedly, this has been a bad week at the office for those guys. But it's an important lesson, for them and for other cultivators out there: don't cut corners, spend the money and test your product before you ship it out to stores. 

As for you, the consumers, check the list below to see if your dispensary was one of the 144 that had Bonsai Cultivation’s flower on their shelves. If you shop at one of these places consistently, check your bud. If it’s got the OPC code, 403R-00228 and/or was purchased prior to 10/14/19, toss it. I know, that might feel like a crime — but it’s for your own good.

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1917 Santa Fe

1917 Santa Fe Drive Pueblo, CO

2251SB LLC

2251 S Broadway Denver, CO


7739 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO

Alchemy Food Co

9782 East Girard Ave, Denver, CO

Altitude East

6858 East Evan Avenue Denver, CO


2093 Curve Plaza, Unit C-103 Steamboat Springs, CO

Blend LLC

198 East Frontage Road, Mancos, CO

Blue Heron Dispensary

100 W Main St Unit A Oak Creek, CO

Breckenridge Organic Therapy

1900 Airport Rd, Unit A Breckenridge, CO

Bud Farm

385 N Willow Mancos, CO

Buddy Boy

3814 Walnut St Denver, CO

Buddy Boy

4012 W 38th Ave Denver, CO

Buddy Boy

5050 N York St Denver, CO

Buddy Boy

2426 S Federal Blvd Denver, CO

Buddy Boy

155 North Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO


104 Cardinal Way Parachute, CO

Choice Organics

813 SmithField Drive Units C &D Fort Collins, CO

Chronic Therapy

10030 W 27th Ave. Wheatridge, CO

Chronic Therapy Cortez, LLC

1020 South Broadway Avenue, Cortez, CO

Clear Group Colorado

5156 North Clarkson Street, Building 2, Unit A, Denver, CO

Clearview Industries

2145 West Evans Avenue, Denver, CO

Colorado Grow Company

965 1/2 Main Ave Durango, CO

Colorado Harvest Co

1178 South Kalamath St Denver, CO

Colorado Kindest LLC

42023 Highway 112, Del Norte, CO

Colorado Weedery

125 Peach Avenue, Unit C, Palisade, CO

Complete Releaf

1669 Coal Creek Drive, Suite A, Lafayette, CO


869 East Industrial Boulevard, Pueblo West, CO


206 Elm Drive, Log Lane Village, CO

Denver Clone Store

755 South Federal Blvd. Unit4 Denver, CO

Dino Treats

102 Tyrannosaurus Trail, Dinosaur, CO

Doctors Orders

1406 W 38th Ave Denver, CO

Doctors Orders

3321 S 1-25 Pueblo, CO

Durango Organics

37 County Road 232, Durango, CO

Durango Rec Room

145 E College Dr Units 1-5 Durango, CO

Eclipse Cannabis Company

933 Alpine Avenue Suite 2, Boulder, CO

El Jefe

4260 North Kearney Street, Denver, CO


1534 55th Ave Boulder, CO

Elevated Strains

9800 North 119th Street, Longmont, CO

Elite Organics

804 S College Ave Suite A Fort Collins, CO

Emerald Fields

27 Manitou Ave Manitou Springs, CO

Emerald Fields

4182 E Virginia Ave unit C Glendale, CO


4305 North Brighton Boulevard Denver, CO


403 16th St. Suite 1 Denver, CO


710 Durant Ave, Unit E-1 Aspen, CO


6260 South Gun Club Rd Aurora, CO


4343 South Buckley Rd, Unit E Aurora, CO


250 South Main Street, Longmont, CO

Freedom Road

514 W Main St Trinidad, CO

Frozen Smoke Dispensary

500 W Highway 50 unit 103 Gunnison, CO

Golden Leaf

1755 Lincoln St Denver, Co

Green Cross Rifle

1435 Airport Road, Rifle, CO

Green Cross Silt

502 Front St Silt, CO

Green Dot Labs

7077 Winchester Circle, Units C&D, Boulder, CO

Green Tree Medicinals

1090 North 2nd Street, Berthoud, CO

Green World

401 4th Ave Fort Garland, CO

Green World Express

5320 US Highway 285 Antonito, CO

Harvest House

211 S Highway 19 Nederland, CO


4140 North York Street, Suite 220, Denver, CO

Herbal Wellness

400 West South Boulder Rd, Suite 2700 Lafayette, CO

High Country Healing 8

40801 Highway 6 Suite 5 Avon, CO


2237 East Idaho Springs Road, Idaho Springs, CO


2818 Colorado Blvd Idaho Springs, CO


72399 US Highway 40 Unit B Tabernash, CO


11919 Washington St Northglenn, CO


1325 South Public Road, Lafayette, CO

JVJC Holdings

5194 N Washington St. Denver, CO

JvJc Holdings

105 E 7th Ave Denver, CO

Karing Kind

5854 Rawhide Court Boulder, CO


4 South Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Kind Care of Colorado

6617 South College Ave Bldg A Fort Collins, CO

La Casa Cann Bis

205 Main St San Luis, CO

Laughing Grass

1110 West Virginia Avenue Unit 1, Denver, CO

Live Green Cannabis

2517 Sheridan Blvd Edgewater, CO


3980 N Franklin St Unit 101 Denver, CO


1660 N Pearl St Denver, CO


432 S Broadway Denver, CO


2863 Larimer St Denver, CO


1941 W Evans Denver, CO


2647 8th Ave, Unit B Garden City, CO


900 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO


124 Santa Fe trail Trinidad, CO


1819 E Main St Cortez, CO


449 Railroad Ave Mancos, CO


3855 N Oneida St Denver, CO


1239 Southgate Place, Pueblo, CO


2565 North Interstate 25, Pueblo, CO

Lodo Wellness Center

1617 Wazee St. Unit B Denver, CO


5385 Quebec Street, Commerce City, CO

Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique

2394 S Broadway Denver, CO

Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique

4444 South Federal Boulevard, Sheridan, CO

Martins Natural Medicinals

216 6th St Suite A Glenwood Springs, CO

Mary Jane's House

3899 North Quentin Street, Denver, CO

Mile High Dispensary

1350 S Sheridan Blvd. unit 1 &2 Denver, CO

Mountain Annies

157 Highway 550 Suite B Ridgeway, CO

Mountain Annies

1330 Greene St Silverton, CO

Mountain Annies

1644 County Rd Durango, CO

Mountain Cannabis

153 US Highway 550 unit 102 Ridgeway, CO

Mountain Annies

310 E Main St Cortex, CO

Natures Kiss

4332 S Broadway Englewood, CO

Natures Medicine

230 West 16th St Unit C Salida, CO

Nokhu Labs

5608 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO

Northern Lights Cannabis Co

2045 Sheridan Blvd Unit B1-B2 Denver, CO

Oasis Cannabis Superstore

5440 W 44th Ave. Denver, CO

Oasis Cannabis Superstore

6359 East Evans Ave Denver, CO

Organa Labs

2121 South Jason Street, Denver, CO

Pig N Whistle

4801 W Colfax Ave Denver, CO

Platte Valley Dispensary

2301 7th St, Suite B Denver, CO


34132 Highway 285 Villa Grove, CO


145 Front Street, Leadville, CO

Rino Supply Co

3100 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain Cannabis

228 Byers Ave Fraser, CO

Rocky Mountain Cannabis

420 E Brontosaurus Boulevard, Dinosaur, CO

Rocky Mountain Cannabis

614 Arizona Avenue, Trinidad, CO

Rocky Mountain Cannabis

138 East Main Street, Naturita, CO

Rocky Road Thornton

3901 E 112th Ave Unit G Thornton, CO

Rocky Road Vail

40928 US Highway 6 Unit 2B Avon, CO

Silverton Green Works

124 East 13th St Unit A Silverton, CO

Solace Meds Broadway

2262 S Broadway Denver, CO

Solace Meds Colfax

4615 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO

Solace Meds of Wheat Ridge

4845 Van Gordan St Wheatridge, CO

Soma Wellness Center

423 Belleview Ave Unit 1 Gunnison, CO

Soma Wellness Center

500 W Highway 50 Unit 101, Gunnison, CO

Southern Colorado Cannabis Club

29577 Highway 159 Fort Garland, CO


1640 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO


428 S McCulloch Blvd Bldg A Pueblo West, CO


4305 Thatcher Ave Pueblo, CO


1451 Cortez St Unit A Denver, CO


5844 Dahlia St Commerce City, CO


9000 Federal Boulevard, Unit B, Federal Heights, CO

Sticky Icky's

5341 West Highway 96, Pueblo, CO

Sun house

248 E US Highway 50 Salida, CO

Sunrise Solutions

43 Main St Baily, CO

Sweet Grass Kitchen

1135 South Jason Street, Denver, CO

Tenderfoot Collective Health

840 Oak St Suites A, B & C Salida, CO


91 Big Springs Drive, Nederland, CO

The Clinic Highlands

3460 W 32nd Ave Denver, CO

The Clinic on Colfax

4625 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO

The Clinic on Colorado

2020 South Colorado Blvd Denver, CO

The DAB by Next Harvest

2748 W Alameda Ave Denver, CO

The Farmers Market

2070 Huron St Denver, CO

The Giving Tree of Denver

2707 W 38th Ave Denver, CO

The Green Solution LLC

5305 Steele Street, Denver, CO

The Green Stop

130Main STS Unite B Log Lane Village, CO

The Happy Camper Cannabis CO

80 Rosalie Rd Baily, CO

The Happy Camper Cannabis Company

1043 North River Road, Palisade, CO

The Herbal Cure

985 S Logan St Denver, CO

The Kind Castle

248 E First St Parachute, CO

The Peaceful Choice

7464 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit A9, Boulder, CO

The Village City Society

2043 16th Ave Boulder, CO


5005 South Federal Blvd Englewood, CO

Tumbleweed Carbondale

304 Highway 133 Carbondale, CO

Tumbleweed DeBeque

2185 45 1/2 Road, Suite 102, DeBeque, CO

Tumbleweed Dispensary

150 Columbine Court unit 100 Parachute, CO

Tumbleweed Dispensary Edwards

57 Edwards Access Rd. Unit 19 & 20 Edwards, CO

Tumbleweed Frisco

842 North Summit Blvd, Suite 13 Frisco, CO

Urban Dispensary

2675 W 38th Ave Denver, CO

Wise Cannabis CO

21950 Highway 285 Fairplay, CO