California is working to standardize cannabis testing

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has proposed statewide standards for lab testing methods and will accept public comments until August 2, 2022. A public hearing is also scheduled for August 1 for those who wish to testify in person.

“One of the challenges we face in regulating an industry that is not federally recognized is the lack of standardized and validated testing methods,” DCC Director Nicole Elliott said in a press release. “Individual accredited labs use different methods that can produce inconsistent results and inaccurate data on cannabis cannabinoid content. DCC is working to change that so that there is more integrity in the marketplace, accurate information for consumers and trust among stakeholders.”

The new regulation came shortly after cannabis companies looking to ensure THC levels are higher than what’s actually in their cannabis products raised concerns about cannabis potency inflation and lab purchases.

“These standards build on existing standards for testing labs by requiring them to use only cannabinoid testing methods designated by DCC,” Elliott added. “The ultimate goal is to protect public health and safety by providing consumers with accurate and consistent information about the cannabis they buy.”

In addition, Senate Bill 544 requires DCC to establish standardized cannabinoid testing methods by January 1, 2023. “A cannabis testing lab is a licensed type established by the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act,” reads a press release.

The idea of ​​this regulation is that DCC staff will help train licensees and more effectively regulate the state’s licensed testing labs.

“All cannabis products must be tested by a licensed cannabis testing laboratory prior to sale to ensure they are free of harmful contaminants such as mold, pesticides and residual solvents and labeled with the correct amount of cannabinoid content,” the announcement continues. the official website of the state of CA.

However, California regulators seem to be aware of instances where cannabis companies look to labs to find one where the testing method tends to produce results demonstrating THC.

In addition, Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed a comprehensive law, AB 195, that aims to abolish a tax on cannabis cultivation and most importantly, restructure the adult marijuana program in the state.

“We are building a better future for all and will continue to model what progressive and accountable governance can look like, the Californian way,” Newsom said.
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