California Seeks To Standardize Marijuana Testing To Prevent THC ‘Laboratory Shopping’

California Seeks To Standardize Marijuana Testing To Prevent THC ‘Laboratory Shopping’
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California marijuana regulators are seeking input on proposed rules to standardize cannabis testing methods in the state—an effort that officials hope will stop marijuana businesses from “laboratory shopping” to find facilities that are more likely to show higher THC concentrations that they can then boast for their products. While there are already statewide rules in place that require cannabis products to be tested for cannabinoid content and possible contaminants, licensed testing laboratories don’t currently share a uniform methodology, meaning the results of marijuana analyses might differ from facility to facility. Because of consumer demand for high-THC products, the state says its aware of instances where cannabis businesses shop around for laboratories to find ones where the testing methodology tends to produce results showing more of the intoxicating cannabinoid. To help address the issue, the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) announced on Friday that it is initiating a rulemaking process to develop standardized testing methods that every licensed laboratory would need to adopt. “One of the challenges we face in regulating an industry that is not federally recognized, is the lack of standardized, and validated methods for testing,” DCC Director Nicole Elliott said in a press release. “Individual, licensed laboratories use different methods which may produce inconsistent results and inaccurate data on cannabis cannabinoid content. DCC is working to change that so there is greater integrity in the market, accurate information for consumers, and confidence among stakeholders.” DCC is accepting public comment on proposed cannabis testing methodology regulations until August 2. For those who want to testify in person, a public hearing is scheduled for August 1. “These standards build upon existing standards for testing laboratories by requiring them to utilize only cannabinoid testing methods designated by DCC,” Elliott said. “The ultimate goal is protecting public health and safety by…

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