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 consumers are often instructed to review the lab reports, questions regarding lab integrity and “pay-to-play” scenarios suggest the COA may not be accurate.
Hemp is very different [from cannabis regulations]. What are the requirements for hemp? There aren’t any except verifying that it tests below .3% THC and qualifies as hemp…Point zero, three percent THC should not designate a safe product, and that belief is a disservice to the consumer
– Jeff Gray, Co-Founder and CEO, SC Labs
THE PUSH FOR CANNABIS POTENCY
In a recent article in the Cannabis Industry Journal, Josh Swider from InfiniteCAL summarized some of the problems he’s witnessed regarding lab testing and inaccuracies in certified COAs submitted to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), including…