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What I learned sitting courtside at the NBA Finals of weed

Leafly | What I learned sitting courtside at the NBA Finals of weed

By David Bienenstock, Leafly | With great flower comes great responsibility. And nobody on Earth has a greater collection of flower than the judges at the Emerald Cup, the annual cannabis celebration and competition that tasks a panel of experts with identifying California’s finest buds from among hundreds of entries. Judging all that weed is a grind (pun intended) that’s equal parts glorious and […]

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Testing for Integrity: Ethics in Cannabis and Hemp Labs

Cannabis Tech | Testing for Integrity: Ethics in Cannabis and Hemp Labs

By Kristina Etter, Cannabis Tech | A lack of cohesive testing standards and a push for potency creates the perfect storm for consumer deception and cannabis and hemp analysis fraud. Separating the legal cannabis market from the illicit market begins with testing and standards. As with other consumable products, conscientious consumers want to know what they are putting into their bodies. As cannabis and hemp […]

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The blurred lines of the legality of Delta 8

The blurred lines of the legality of Delta-8

By Danielle Masterson, NutraIngredients-USA | Months ago, many may not have even been aware of the existence of this cannabis compound. Today, Delta-8 is the fastest-growing category of hemp products, with US sales of products listing Delta-8 jumping 144% from a year earlier, according to cannabis data provider Headset. Despite having similar chemical […]

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SC Labs is First to Create a Hemp Testing Panel that Covers a Range of Contaminants at a National Level

Company aims to fill the void of national hemp testing requirements to reassure companies and consumers that products are safe. (June 14, 2021, Santa Cruz, CA) – SC Laboratories, Inc., (SC Labs) today announced that the company has received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation for a comprehensive hemp/CBD testing panel that combines the regulatory […]

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Is Amazon A Threat To Existing Cannabis Companies? Nah, Execs Say

Forbes | Is Amazon A Threat To Existing Cannabis Companies? Nah, Execs Say

By Joan Oleck, Forbes | On June 2, the megalith known as Amazon announced that it was dropping employee marijuana drug tests for its 1.3 million workers and throwing its support to the federal Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021, which would effectively legalize marijuana. Speculation sparked almost immediately as to whether Amazon intended to […]

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Pot Producers Are Pushing to Clamp Down on Delta-8 THC

Pot Producers Are Pushing to Clamp Down on Delta-8 THC

By Tiffany Kary, Bloomberg | A little-known substance derived from hemp is flying off the shelves of U.S. gas stations and smoke shops, offering users a cheap and convenient high even in states where marijuana isn’t legal. But large cannabis producers are now pushing to clamp down on Delta-8 THC amid worries that a lack of oversight means heavy metals and unexpected intoxicants are […]

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The Emerald Cup 2021 and SC Labs Partner on New Data Driven Approach to Judging

The Emerald Cup 2021 and SC Labs Partner on New Data Driven Approach to Judging

By SC Labs | For the first time, The Emerald Cup, California’s longest-running and most prestigious cannabis competition, is testing and sorting flower entries into categories using terpene data as part of the judging process. This year, SC Labs, who has been the testing partner of the Emerald Cup for 11 years, has tested all of the Cup’s flower entries and created profiles that detail the chemical […]

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One Cannabis-Focused Analytical Laboratory Weighs in On Contamination in Cannabis Paper Products and the Need for Stronger Reform in Cannabis Testing

Cannabis Science and Technology | One Cannabis-Focused Analytical Laboratory Weighs in On Contamination in Cannabis Paper Products and the Need for Stronger Reform in Cannabis Testing

By Madeline Colli, Cannabis Science and Technology | In this interview, Josh Wurzer, President of SC Laboratories, delves into the analytical side of the cannabis industry and some of their cannabis paper product study research. As the cannabis industry continues to grow and develop, a major issue remains at the forefront: testing. Although there are regulations, accreditations, and standards for testing laboratories to apply from other […]

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Is your CBD what it says it is? Study finds high-THC weed sold as hemp

Leafly | Is your CBD what it says it is? Study finds high-THC weed sold as hemp

By SC Labs, Leafly | Testing failures highlight the need for national regulations on hemp. As federal and state governments tackle the legalization of hemp as a distinct product from cannabis, the safety of the products produced from hemp isn’t getting the same attention as those produced from THC-based cannabis. While every crop requires a cannabinoid test to establish its identity as hemp rather than […]

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High anxiety over federal weed loophole

Politico | High anxiety over federal weed loophole

By Mona Zhang, Politico | A seeming loophole in federal law is allowing people to buy products designed to get them high. While many industry observers posit that Delta-8’s rise can be attributed to consumers in states that haven’t legalized marijuana, hemp businesses see a lot of sales even in states that are home to adult-use marijuana markets […]

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