Federal Standards Handbook Gets New Section On Cannabis Potency, Packaging And Labeling

Federal Standards Handbook Gets New Section On Cannabis Potency, Packaging And Labeling
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A federal government handbook on standards for weights and measures is getting a new section on cannabis potency measurement, packaging, labeling and other issues related to products derived from the plant. The move is the result of a vote that state and local officials took at a conference last week. At the annual meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), members considered a series of cannabis proposals, three of which had advanced to voting status at an earlier January conference. At last week’s meeting, two of the measures were narrowly rejected but one will now be incorporated into federal guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NCWM’s Laws and Regulations Committee put forward all three of the measures, which then received votes by the bicameral conference’s House of Representatives and House of Delegates. In order to pass, each proposal needed at least 27 votes in both chambers, but two of them fell short by just two votes in the former body. Those failed measures concerned establishing a uniform, federal definition for cannabis and cannabis-containing products and developing a policy for the water activity range for marijuana. But while they were not ultimately enacted at this meeting, a separate measure that was approved recommends that state officials overseeing commercial weighing and measuring apparatuses have the authority to establish individual cannabis standards for their respective jurisdictions. Specifically, the approved measure advises that state regulators be empowered to start rulemaking to create standards for measuring potency of cannabis products, packaging and labeling requirements and “reasonable variations in levels of cannabinoid” content. It also includes authorities on setting allowable variations in marijuana or hemp quantity due to the loss or gain of moisture. The section on giving officials that cannabis-related authority will be adopted into the NIST handbook, the…

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