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COVID-19 Cannabis Industry Update

COVID-19: How does this affect me?

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, many in our industry are feeling the impact. It’s understandable that some feel like they’re in a state of limbo, wondering what they can do, what to avoid, and how to address certain needs. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 announcement ordering non-essential businesses close and for residents to stay home except for a handful of reasons (grocery shopping, healthcare, etc) added to that uncertainty.

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COVID-19 and our laboratory services

SERVICE NOTIFICATION | Dear Valued Clients, As we deal with the reality of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of SC Labs employees, clients, and partners remain our top priority and concern. At this time, we do not anticipate lab closures in California or Oregon. For California operations, the Santa Cruz County Cannabis Licensing Office and County Health Services Agency have defined essential businesses1,2 and services may remain open during a Shelter in Place Order.3 SC Labs feels that it is important to continue providing testing to the cannabis industry in order for distributors to supply dispensaries with products that for many consumers are essential to […]

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Leafly investigation: Vape lung injuries date back to 2007

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By David Downs, Leafly | On Jan. 12, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted some good news about vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). After 2,700 injured and 60 dead since August 2019, it appears the tainted THC vape cart nightmare of 2019 has concluded. By mid-January, hospitals in the US reported […]

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Cannabis Product Fails Chemical Testing

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By Ryan Najjar and Jimi Devine, LA Weekly | If you are a cannabis smoker in Southern California, please be advised that the concentrate strain White Buffalo19 failed recent chemical residue tests for myclobutanil. Late last year, we were tipped off that a product at Delta 9, a legal dispensary in Southern California, was contaminated. After […]

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Legal vape markets literally 1,000% safer than street

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By David Downs, Leafly | Everyone who shopped for cannabis exclusively in a licensed medical or adult-use store in 2019—give yourself a pat on the back, you’re excused. As for the rest of you: Sit down. More than 2,409 people got sick and 52 died from VAPI (vaping associated pulmonary injury, which federal authorities have relabeled EVALI)

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Leafly Announces Leafly Certified Labs Program to Validate Accuracy of Cannabis Testing and to Provide Consistent Product Information for Consumers

November 12, 2019 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time | SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leafly, the world’s leading cannabis resource, today announced the Leafly Certified Labs Program, a network of labs independently assessed by Leafly for accuracy and quality. Designed to combat inconsistency in cannabis testing, the Leafly Certified Labs Program helps ensure […]

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From ‘Veronica Mars’ to toxic vapes: The rise and fall of Honey Cut

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By Marissa Wenzke, with David Downs, Leafly | More than 2,051 Americans are sick and 39 have died from vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) this year. There are many suspects, but the US Centers for Disease Control’s “very strong culprit of concern” is a new cutting agent found in illicit THC vaporizer cartridges across the nation. Tocopheryl-acetate, […]

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Why Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Classifications Mean Close to Nothing

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By Danielle Simone Brand, Civilized | While poking around your local dispensary, it’s almost guaranteed that you will speak or hear the terms “indica,” “sativa,” or “hybrid,” at least once. These three terms remain, by far, the most common for describing the attributes and effects of cannabis flower — and even products like edibles and vapes […]

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