Oklahoma Mandatory Marijuana Products Testing To Begin July 1st

OKLAHOMA: Beginning July 1st, all marijuana product sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory.

The mandatory testing requirements were created by the Oklahoma Legislature and went into effect on Nov 1st, 2019. Since that time, the OMMA has been creating the rules and guidelines under the guidance of Laboratory Oversight Manager Lee Rhodes.

The OMMA has ten fully licensed laboratories in the state. There are many more in different stages of the licensing process. A fully licensed lab will have not only a license from OMMA but have been inspected by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Current requirements include:

  • Any dispensary customer may request the certificate of analysis from the dispensary. The document can be kept in either a paper or electronic format.
  • A processor or grower shall retain test results and related records for at least two years.

A list of the fully licensed labs can be found on the OMMA website.

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.


Budding Business: Pot Testing Lab Growing In Bend

OREGON:  Cascadia Labs is nestled amid ornamental fruit trees in a quiet office park on the north end of Bend. In this lab, employees with backgrounds in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries spend their days testing a variety of products with one common ingredient, consumed by thousands of patients across Oregon: medical marijuana.

Cascadia Labs co-owner Jeremy Sackett, 32, is just one of the entrepreneurs who has joined Oregon’s medical pot industry, where new regulations aimed at increasing quality and safety have helped spawn businesses headed up by people with backgrounds in science and the legal profession. Sackett worked at biotechnology companies until a year ago, when he started Cascadia Labs LLC with his wife, Ashley Preece-Sackett, 34. The company now has customers across the state who send samples via a medical courier service. The couple recently opened an office in Portland to receive samples, and Sackett is building a lab in Portland, too.

It is a sign of how quickly the medical marijuana landscape is changing in Oregon that Cascadia Labs is expanding at the same time Sackett is helping to draft a law that would grant the state authority to regulate these labs. New regulations on medical marijuana, passed by the Legislature in 2013 and implemented this year, are supposed to provide patients with safe access to cannabis products. But a state official involved with the program said the lack of regulatory authority over labs in the law prevents the state from ensuring medical pot is safe.

Tom Burns, director of pharmacy programs for the Oregon Health Authority, said that the state’s lack of authority to regulate pot testing labs essentially means that no one is testing the labs that test medical pot.


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.

DEA To Boost Marijuana Supply For Research

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is approving a massive increase in the amount of marijuana that government researchers can use for studies due to a growing interest in medical marijuana.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will now have access to 650 kilograms of pot, after the DEA announced Friday in the Federal Register it is raising the production quota from 21 kilograms.

“That’s a lot of marijuana,” DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno said. “One kilogram is equivalent to a brick. So 650 kilograms would look like 650 bricks and would probably fill a cargo van.”

The increase comes as efforts to legalize medical marijuana have gained momentum around the country. The move could quiet some critics who say NIDA, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been tightfisted with its supply of research-grade pot.

University of New Haven Developing New Method To Test Marijuana For Mold, Other Contaminants

CONNECTICUT:  The microscope at the University of New Haven, set at 10-times magnification, shows a marijuana leaf covered with dozens of tiny bumps. It’s mold, and someone, somewhere could be smoking similarly contaminated pot and not have a clue.

Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the university, says all sorts of nasty things not visible to the naked eye have been found in marijuana — mold, mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E. coli, to name a few.

That’s why Coyle and her students earlier this year began developing a new process to detect contaminants in marijuana through DNA profiling and analysis. The aim is to be able to identify potentially harmful substances through a testing method that could make the analysis easier and quicker for labs across the country in the developing industry of marijuana quality control testing. [Read more…]