The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has proposed standards for statewide lab testing methods and is accepting public comments through August 2, 2022. Also, a public hearing is scheduled for August 1 for those who want 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 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.”
The new regulation came shortly after cannabis companies seeking to ensure THC levels that may be higher than what is actually contained in their cannabis products raised concerns about inflation of cannabis potency and lab purchases.
“These standards build upon existing standards for testing laboratories by requiring them to utilize only cannabinoid testing methods designated by DCC,” Elliott added. “The ultimate goal is protecting public health and safety by providing consumers accurate and consistent information on the cannabis they purchase.”
In addition, Senate Bill 544 requires DCC to establish standardized cannabinoid test methods by January 1, 2023. “A cannabis testing laboratory is a license type established through the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act,” reads a press release.
The idea of these regulations is that DCC staff help educates licensees and more effectively regulate the state’s licensed testing laboratories.
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Published: July 10, 2022
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