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California To Require All Marijuana To Be Lab Tested. What Happens To Weed That Fails

Ron Strider

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the state's proposals for the required lab testing of cannabis. If passed as written, all marijuana products will be examined in licensed laboratories for moisture content, pesticide presence, and other elements before it can be sold to the public.

For some dispensaries across California, these regulations may significantly change the way they do business. But in Berkeley, where the city mandated strict testing in years ago, it's more or less par for the course.

At Berkeley Patients Group, they've been testing their products for about a decade. But Victor Pinho, the dispensary's director of marketing and communications, describes the city's regulations as a double-edged sword.

"It's great, because you're providing the cleanest medicine to the consumer," he said. "But from the purchasing perspective ... of all the greatest medicine grown in Northern California, we see most of it come through our shop, and we can really intake less than 10 percent of it."

That's because, as Pinho explained, even the tiniest factors won't pass inspection. For instance, insect frass, an organic material left over from insects that helps marijuana plants create natural hormones that help fight pests, won't fly. It's a benign substance, but it'll flunk microbiological labs.

Pinho says that even name-brand cannabis products have failed Berkeley's standards. But in the past, it hasn't always obstructed producers from finding a home for their products.

"The medicine that won't be sold in Berkeley doesn't necessarily go to the black market, but it'll end up in Oakland," where there are currently less restrictions, Pinho explained.

So, if the new regulations are imposed across the state, where will it go?

On one hand, statewide testing standards will help level the playing field for dispensaries such as BPG, who've had to play by more rigorous standards. But while it may make the market more competitive in one sense, now BPG will have to compete for lab time.

Right now, BPG can get their product back from their lab of choice, CW Analytics, in a matter of days. But if every dispensary in the Bay Area needs to utilize a limited number of testing sites – there are only a few here, and even less are properly licensed under the new standards – it could potentially create a major lag time in getting products on the shelves.

And that is going to hurt consumers, even though testing the weed helps.

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Re: California To Require All Marijuana To Be Lab Tested. What Happens To Weed That F

I thought that the cultivator needs to use a distributor, who part of their requirement is the destributor is the one who takes it to get tested. Then if it comes back clean then it goes to market, but if not then it must be destroyed.

The track and trace is so specific that even waste plant materials must be weighted, loggged in software, held for certain durations of time, must be disposed of on camera, and mixed with 50% non cannabis organic materials like soil. I doubt that the bad pot will end up on the streets as too much money goes into getting a business started with the new regulations. The last thing a license holder is going to want to do is lose that license by dumping bad product into the market.

One thing that this article got right though is about 90% or more of the cannabis currently in the market is failing. I've heard this from multiple sources. Pretty disgusting that commercial growers don't care... its why I started growing in the first place.
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