US Virgin Islands: The Next Medical Cannabis Destination

WASHINGTON:  This week lawmakers from around the country are in Seattle for the National Conference of State Legislatures. While here, Senator Terrance ‘Positive’ Nelson was back for a second visit in recent months on a fact finding mission as he writes medical marijuana laws for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Acting as a tour guide, Mike West of Green Lion Farms led Senator Nelson and a group of legislators onto The Herban Safari Pot Tour Bus in Seattle and visited several cannabis businesses of interest to the visitors.

While being given a full history of medical cannabis in Washington the visitors were able to see a medical cannabis dispensary (Northwest Patient Resource Center), a processing facility (Green Lion Farms), a testing lab (Analytical 360), and a retail cannabis shop (Seattle Cannabis Company).

While the tour only lasted a few hours, lawmakers were able to get a feel of what is working in Washington and what challenges they may be looking at as they plan to legalize medical marijuana later this year.

See the tour slideshow on Marijuana Channel One:

Yakima Marijuana Lab Stresses Quality Control

WASHINGTON:  Workers at the Analytical 360 laboratory in Yakima like to listen to music while they work, but they don’t let reggae or the sound of a Grateful Dead concert detract them from their job of testing marijuana.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lab has some of the strictest quality control standards in the state. It fails about 18 percent of the samples because of microbes such as bacteria and fungi.

The state failure rate is about 10 percent, according to the state Liquor Control Board that oversees the growing marijuana industry. A failed sample means the 5-pound lot from which it came cannot be sold.


First Marijuana Testing Laboratory Opens In Yakima

WASHINGTON: Stores across Washington could start selling recreational marijuana in a matter of weeks, but their product will have to go through a rigorous inspection process.

A 4,000 square foot marijuana lab in Yakima, is the first of its kind to receive authorization from the state.

“We’re going to be testing products for 502 for the recreational marijuana market,” Lara Taubner said.

In a couple of weeks, this high end laboratory run by Seattle based company Analytical 360 will be handling every type of marijuana product imaginable from edibles to lotions and oils. Even your most common, buds. They will perform dozens of tests for things like potency levels, e-coli and salmonella, similar to the tests the FDA would do for any other food or drug.