Regulatory Overreach: Are California’s Lab Rules Too Strict?

With California moving into a more regulated market, some are concerned the state may be overregulating the market with strict, unnecessary rules. The Bureau of Marijuana Control, California’s agency in charge of regulatory oversight for the cannabis industry, released a set of proposed draft regulations for lab testing recently. Those rules cover everything from sampling standard operating procedures to detection limits for pesticide analytes, which some say are absurdly strict as is. According to Jeffrey Raber, Ph.D, chief executive officer of The Werc Shop, a cannabis consulting firm located in Monrovia, CA, these rules will immediately raise prices. “The regulations are quite extensive and will undoubtedly drive the costs of patient medicine upward,” says Raber. “Regulations are not intended to be so detailed in these fashions, but are supposed to provide the floor and specific framework upon which operators can build best practices and differentiate themselves from others in a competitive market that drives prices downward.”   Read more: Regulatory Overreach: Are California’s Lab Rules Too...

Implementing a HACCP Plan in Cannabis Processing

Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) is a robust management system that identifies and addresses any risk to safety throughout production. Originally designed for food safety through the entire supply chain, the risk assessment scheme can ensure extra steps are taken to prevent contamination. The FDA as well as the Food Safety and Inspection Service currently require HACCP plans in a variety of food markets, including high-risk foods like poultry that are particularly susceptible to pathogenic contamination. As California and other states develop and implement regulations with rigorous safety requirements, cannabis cultivators, extractors and infused product manufacturers can look to HACCP for guidance on bolstering their quality controls. Wikipedia actually has a very helpful summary of the terms referenced and discussed here. Read more: Implementing a HACCP Plan in Cannabis...

Human Error? No Problem

If you are in the business of growing cannabis, you should be aware of the common reasons for production losses, how to address root causes and how to prevent future occurrences in a sustainable way. Human error is the number one root cause identified in investigations for defects in the cultivation business. Sadly, little is known about the nature of these errors, mainly because our quest for the truth ends where it should begin, once we know it was a human error or is “someone’s fault.” Yes, human error usually explains the reason for the occurrence, but the reason for that error remains unexplained and consequently the corrective and preventive actions fail to address the underlying conditions for that failure. This, in turn, translates into ineffective action plans that result in creating non-value added activities, wasting resources and money as well as product. Read more: Human Error? No...

A2LA Accredits First Cannabis Testing Laboratory in Washington State

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) announced today that they just accredited the Washington State Department of Agriculture-Chemical and Hop Laboratory to ISO 17025. The laboratory, based in Yakima, WA, finished the accreditation process on May 3, 2017. The lab was accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 – General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, so they are now able to test for pesticides in cannabis and other matrices, according to the press release published today. “WSDA sought this accreditation to ensure our clients can have absolute confidence in our testing methods and lab results. The information we produce drives enforcement cases and policy decisions,” says Mike Firman, manager of the WSDA Chemical and Hop Laboratory. “We want to do everything that can be done to make sure our data is reliable.” Read more: A2LA Accredits First Cannabis Testing Laboratory in Washington...

10 Marijuana Myths Exposed

We have all probably talked to someone that has said at least one of the below statements… “Legal pot will target kids!” “Kids will think pot is OK!” “Teen use will skyrocket!” “Productivity will suffer!” “Roads full of stoned drivers!” “Today’s pot is seven-times stronger!” ”Marijuana addicts are filling rehabs!” “Legal pot will target minorities!” “What’s next, legalized meth?” “Legal pot will drive up social costs!”     Read more here in the High Times article:...

DC Residents Want to Know Where to Get Weed

Our nations capital recently made it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and able to grow up to 6 marijuana plants (3 of which could be mature at a time), problem is, no one knows where to purchase the marijuana plants and/or the legal packaged weed. Read more here in the High Times...
Integration With Tellermate

Integration With Tellermate

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