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U.S.: Stashlogix Helps Keep Cannabis Secure For Families

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With marijuana legal in more and more states, one issue that arises repeatedly is child safety.

Stashlogix wants to help keep marijuana where it belongs — in the hands of responsible adults.

With an integrated combination lock and strong odor barriers, Stashlogix says its container prevents kids from stumbling across a cannabis-infused hard candy that Dad uses to ease his back pain, or to stop a teenager from not only finding the stash of Maui Waui, but smoking it.

This simple solution to a serious problem pulls it off in style, too. These are not bags emblazoned with pot leaves and Rastafarian colors. Instead, Stashlogix line of three containers look more like cases for high-end camera equipment, or smartphone accessories.

“As a family man, I hunted for a container that could hold cannabis products discretely, and that would stop my kids from ever gaining access to it,” said Stashlogix founder Skip Stone. “But I could not find anything that was lightweight, lockable and portable.

"Most of the products were heavy boxes," Stone said. "The others were gaudy with nods and winks to stoner culture. Neither of these options appealed to me. So I designed Stashlogix.”

Colorado: Mobile Marijuana Order-Ahead and Loyal Platform Launches

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Baker, an order-ahead and loyalty platform for the burgeoning Colorado marijuana industry, has launched publicly. During a successful three-month beta run, dispensaries saw thousands of dollars of orders coming through the Baker app, which allows customers to reserve up to an ounce of their favorite cannabis strain and skip the line.

Dispensaries can easily list their menus, manage inventory, post real time specials and manage loyalty programs on the app, according to the company. Customers order ahead, browse member-only specials and earn loyalty rewards at their favorite dispensaries, and have their order waiting when they arrive.

With more than 400 licensed recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries and hundreds of millions of dollars in sales in Colorado, Baker fills a pressing need for the kind of reservation and loyalty tools which have revolutionized other industries, according to CEO Joel Milton.

The app, which is launching in Colorado with 20 dispensaries, is rapidly adding locations within Denver and in the coming months will expand to other cities with legal marijuana nationwide, according to Milton.

“We currently have a waiting list (well over 1,000+ people and 20+ dispensaries) so that each new user and dispensary has the best possible experience when they first use Baker,” Milton said.

He noted that demand at dispensaries has grown so fast, that many locations often have lines out the door, with the regular customers who know what they want waiting alongside tourists who want to linger and ask a lot of questions.

U.S.: NCIA To Present 2nd Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

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The National Cannabis Industry Association on Friday announced its second annual national conference, the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, taking place June 29-July 1 in Denver, Colorado.

The summit will offer cannabis business leaders an open forum to discuss best practices and business developments throughout the industry. Over the course of three days, attendees will have the opportunity to explore various workshops and tours, view over 100 exhibitor stations, network with over 2,000 attendees from the cannabis business industry, attend an investor demo day event, and finally let loose at the popular Cannabis Carnival II.

The summit is positioned for business owners and operators across multiple verticals in the cannabis industry. Several topic-oriented tracks will give attendees the opportunity to focus on their area of expertise.

Tracks offered include: Running Your Cannabusiness; Cultivation and Processing; Money Matters: Finance, Accounting and Insurance; The Law, Policy and Reform; as well as Emerging Topics offering attendees an open forum to discuss industry updates and trends. Featured educational sessions will highlight some of the industry's leading pioneers and figureheads.

Conference Highlights

• Educational facility tours and workshops

• Investor Demo Day Event, featuring a select group of cannabis startups

• Second Annual Cannabis Carnival Music Concert, featuring an eclectic lineup of world-class musicians

U.S.: Kush Bottles Acquires Dank Bottles, LLC

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Kush Bottles, a North American supplier of customizable child-resistant packaging solutions and accessories for the marijuana industry, on Tuesday announced that they have acquired Dank Bottles, LLC, dba Kush Bottles Colorado.

The acquisition comes one year after an agreement was struck between the two companies, granting Dank Bottles an exclusive distributorship of Kush Bottles products in the state of Colorado.

Greg Gamet, Justin Jones and Bryan Sullivan, the founders of Dank Bottles, will remain active leaders in the Colorado operations and will take on additional business development responsibilities nationally, according to the company.

"Greg and group have done a phenomenal job in taking over the market and making Kush Bottles Colorado the state's premier marijuana packaging provider," said Nicholas Kovacevich, cofounder and CEO of Kush Bottles, Inc. "Through this acquisition, we are able to fully integrate the Dank Bottles team and resources into our company, including their warehouse and extensive distribution network."

Ben Wu, president of Kush Bottles, said the real winners will be the company's customers. "We are now the only cannabis packaging company with full service distribution centers in the three largest marijuana markets: California, Colorado and Washington," he said.

U.S.: Cannabis Science Acquires Pet Care Company; Enters $60 Billion Pet Care Industry

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Cannabis Science, Inc., a U.S. company specializing in the development of marijuana-based medicine and related consulting, has announced the acquisition of Equi-Pharm LLC, an American manufacturer and distributor of specialty horse and pet grooming and topical applications.

"We are excited about the future of Equi-Pharm under the medical direction and leadership of Cannabis Science, we already have a great response from our customers on the limited sales from our five horse related grooming and health products for the Equestrian market," said Dana Kennamer, vice president of Equi-Pharm, LLC. "We are currently developing the first three new cannabinoid-enriched pet products right now and will be available to the pet market within a matter of weeks through our current distribution channels.

"Right now we have a limited market share across the USA utilizing distributors and retail outlets in California, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Tennessee, and we just started European expansions," Kennamer said. "We expect that the enrichment of our current products and the development of our new formulas using Cannabis Science medical expertise we envision substantial growth year by year.

"Our goal of course, is to push Equi-Pharm and Cannabis Science to the front of the pack in the pet care industry," Kennamer said.

Colorado: Governor Now Says Legal Marijuana Helps State's Fiscal Health

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, once a vocal critic of marijuana legalization, has changed his tune. Maybe it was the stacks of cash.

The Democratic governor told Fox Business Network that cannabis is "not as vexing" as he thought it would be. Hickenlooper partly tied Colorado's strong fiscal health to the popularity of, and economic opportunities connected to, the legal marijuana industry.

"It's all those young people coming and they look at marijuana and say, 'Hey, we can drink whiskey; why can't we have a legalized system with marijuana?'" he said on FBN.

"If you look back, it has turned out to be not as vexing as some of the people like myself" first thought it would be, Hickenlooper said.

The governor had forcefully spoken out against legalizing pot in the past, and said "Colorado is known for many great things -- marijuana should not be one of them."

But now that he's seen the green light, Hickenlooper said the state has been busy "building a regulatory system, making sure we keep it out of the hands of kids, making sure we keep our streets and roads safe."

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Colorado: Medical Cannabis Network Takes '420 Friendly' To New Places

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The term “420 Friendly” has evolved from a buzzword used by people in the know, namely marijuana enthusiasts, sort of like a weed speakeasy term. But since the paradigm has shifted in a tectonic way, the term has grown in cultural relevance and consent.

It can show up anywhere from Craigslist roommate ads to wedding invitations, letting the reader know that the use of marijuana is implied and more to the point, acceptable.

The Medical Cannabis Network, parent company of MarijuanaDoctors.com and PotLocator.com, is throwing its proverbial hat in the burgeoning ring of marijuana tourism by relaunching 420Friendly.com as an aggregator of all things related to tourism in the brave new world of cannabis travel.

420Friendly.com began as a website for apparel, but after seeing the potential in a site that could truly be representative of the cannabis tourism industry and be an ancillary way to enter and support the nation’s exponential recreational market, MCN’s officers made the change. MCN bounded over a legal hurdle, but were able to get a final approval on the trademark for 420Friendly in time for the launch, scheduled for Friday, May 2.

420Friendly is designed to let people navigate the nascent yet booming world of marijuana tourism by connecting potential adventure seekers with businesses that welcome tourists and travelers looking to use marijuana recreationally. The newly redesigned site can book hotels, car rentals and other travel accommodations.

U.S.: Marijuana Businesses Access To Banking Act Reintroduced

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U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Denny Heck (WA-10), along with a bipartisan group of 16 other Republicans and Democrats, on Wednesday re-introduced H.R. 2076, the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 to resolve the banking crisis marijuana-related businesses are facing.

By updating federal banking laws and regulations to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws, the legislation allows marijuana-related businesses to access the banking system, ensuring these businesses do not have to operate on a cash-only basis. In addition, a similar companion bill in the Senate is expected to be introduced soon.

“First and foremost this is an issue of public safety,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “Not only are the proprietors at risk, but the employees and customers are also at risk of serious and violent crimes.

"It is estimated that 40 percent of the marijuana-related businesses in Colorado are unbanked," Rep. Perlmutter said. "This means hundreds of millions of dollars in cash are moving around the streets of Colorado. There are now some 213 million Americans who live in the 23 states plus the District of Columbia where the voters have allowed for some use of marijuana, and it is coming to a state near you soon.”

“The federal government can’t keep an eye on business practices if they are forcing them offline and underground,” said Rep. Heck. “Forcing businesses into cash-only territory is a dangerous step away from legitimacy, transparency, and regulation and a huge step towards crime, tax evasion, and access to minors.

U.S.: The Travel Joint Offers Booking Site For Cannabis Travel, Tourism

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New website is one-stop shop for booking travel, hotels, restaurants and activities as well as news on cannabis products, tips on cooking with cannabis and more

With a rise in the number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana use -- and with more likely on the way in 2016 -- cannabis tourism is becoming an important, but mostly untalked-about market segment. To help bring this market out of the shadows, The Travel Joint has launched a new website that is a one-stop shop for booking cannabis travel.

The Travel Joint allows medical and recreational cannabis users to book every aspect of their travel itineary, including hotels, flights, concert tickets, cannabis tours and more. The Travel Joint's concierge team is also able to arrange for over-the-top luxury experiences like private jet travel and top of the line suites in destinations like Coloardo, Washington and Nevada.

The cannabis travel-booking source and leisure site on Monday launched a revamped, easy-to-use website. The Travel Joint allows medical and recreational cannabis users to book every aspect of their travel itinerary, including hotels, flights, concert tickets, cannabis tours and much more.

“The amount of information related to cannabis tourism and lifestyle that’s spread across multiple websites can be overwhelming,” said The Travel Joint Founder Brannon Zimbelman. “With The Travel Joint, we wanted to have all of the information in one place that is easy to use, easy to understand and easy to book.”

U.S.: Toker II Water Pipe Back After 35 Years

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HGN GlassCo LLC on Wednesday announced the return of the Toker II and Mini-Toker water pipes. Originally introduced in the early 1970s, the Toker II and Mini-Toker water pipes combined laboratory precision, sleek design, and extreme usability to achieve iconic status and become wildly popular among those in the know.

Manufactured to scientific standards and made of Class A Borosilicate 3.3 glass (Pyrex), the Toker II ($99.99) and Mini-Toker ($89.99) are modified scientific laboratory flasks. They are available for purchase on the company website and selected retailers nationwide.

HGN GlassCo LLC worked with scientific glassblowers and medical glass manufacturers to produce the new Toker II, invoking the feel and karma of the old retro design.

"I think Hemp News readers will love to see the Toker II again," said Michael Forman at HGN GlassCo LLC. "The best water pipe ever made. Simple, Elegant, and Turbo-charged!"

You can find out more at www.toker2.com .

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber Celebrates 4/20; Reflects On End Of Prohibition

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The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) on Monday joined in recognizing 4/20, the most iconic business day of the year for those involved in the marijuana industry.

“For the Chamber, along with the businesses, employers, and entrepreneurs we represent, 4/20 is about far more than the day’s festivities and community,” C4 President Tyler Henson said. “This year, 4/20 is really about reflecting on the end of modern day prohibition in Colorado.”

“We already learned in the 1920’s with alcohol that prohibition simply doesn’t work in America,” Henson pointed out. "Prohibition created an unsafe environment for individuals, children, and society as a whole, allowing for black market activity to thrive and bringing about violent ‘liquor wars’.

"Today, the C4 Chamber is working to end a culture of ‘Prohibition 2.0’ as it relates to marijuana," Henson said. "Colorado’s cannabis experiment is now becoming the standard for the rest of the nation to follow as legal, recreational use quickly grows increasing popular among the general public."

The latest polls in Colorado show record support for marijuana, where now 62 percent of voters say they would legalize recreational use again if given the chance. And medicinal marijuana now has a whopping 89 percent public approval rating.

“4/20 is a day for us to highlight the excitement of this new industry we share with fellow Coloradans and the great opportunity we know that lies ahead,” Henson said.

Colorado: Verabis Debuts Cutting Edge Research At Marijuana Investors Summit

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Verabis, a primary market research firm dedicated to the cannabis industry, debuted a new research study at the Marijuana Investor Summit on Monday. Using mobile device text-based surveys, Verabis is fielding questions to Summit attendees to gather information pertaining to both those seeking funding and investors alike.

Real-time results will be shared with attendees throughout the three-day conference. The study will explore issues such as how much money investors want to fund and how important investment is to current business owners. Other questions relating to opinions and attitudes on the cannabis market will also reveal where attendees see the industry going and growing.

The mobile device survey technology will also power Verabis’ new Dispensary Market Monitor (DM2™), which the company calls "the industry’s first customer satisfaction research program for cannabis dispensaries." The benchmark for DM2™ is projected to launch at the beginning of May, and each participating dispensary will receive a customized customer satisfaction report that provides analysis and results specific to their business.

Dispensary owners will have the opportunity to participate in this pilot study for the discounted price of $750 (price good through the week of 4/20). To learn more about DM2™ or to participate in the study, please contact Verabis President Mike Hesser, Mike@Verabis.net .

Texas: 3 Men Face Life For Pot Edibles; Harsh Policy Creates Local Outcry

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Three Texas men arrested in recent weeks are facing the possibility of life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, and that has resulted in an outcry from some residents of Amarillo who say that's just too harsh.

Potter County deputies busted Eli Manna, 30, and Andrew George, 27, after stopping them for a traffic violation on March 16, reports JC Cortez at the Amarillo Globe-News. A search of the vehicle yielded seven purple brownies weighing a total of 650 grams, which triggered the most severe punishment range for marijuana possession under Texas law.

More than 400 grams means 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Texas law nonsensically considers the weight of the infused food rather than just its marijuana content when calculating sentencing. According to the law, "adulterants and diluents" are to be considered part of the total volume of controlled substances, which makes absolutely no sense when it comes to cannabis edibles.

Just 10 days later, troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested Fernando Bejarano, 19, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, after stopping him for a traffic violation. Troopers found more than 800 grams of commercially packaged baked goods and candies containing THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.

U.S.: Just In Time For 4/20, G FarmaLabs Launches Liquid Gold Extracts NUG RUN Tanks

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G FarmaLabs, a producer/processor of medical and adult use marijuana-based products, on Monday announced the launch of Liquid Gold Extracts NUG RUN Tanks, which contain what the company calls "the purest form of cannabis oil currently available within the medical/adult use marketplaces."

The brand has officially timed the product’s debut in observance of 4/20 to be made available on store shelves of all participating dispensaries carrying G FarmaLabs products.

The company’s NUG RUN oil is produced using a 100 percent blend of indoor marijuana flowers, thus breaking the status quo of traditional oil extraction processes. While most oils are created using the extracted byproducts of cannabis plants, NUG RUN uses the richest part of the plant, which carries the greatest amount of trichomes and terpenes. These are released into the oil during refinement and purification, resulting in much higher potency and longer lasting effect.

“We’re super excited about the launch of NUG RUN as a brand new flagship offering for our Liquid Gold Extracts line,” said Ata Gonzalez, CEO, G FarmaLabs Limited. "When we began development on the product, we were determined to set the bar higher than any other cannabis company currently operating in the market, and we’re confident that our NUG Run extraction process, which uses the actual flowers of the cannabis plant, will provide patients with an unprecedented option in terms of medical and adult lifestyle quality products."

U.S.: CannLabs, Amercanex Partner On 'First Fully Electronic Cannabis Marketplace'

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CannLabs subsidiary StrainData to provide certification and quality assurance to wholesale cannabis exchange

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Could these guys become the Carfax of cannabis? Two American companies in the cannabis industry this week announced a partnership that they say will result in the nation's "first fully electronic cannabis marketplace."

CannLabs, Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement through its subsidiary StrainData to provide CannLabs’ certified testing data to the Amercanex Cannabis Exchange. Amercanex is the first fully electronic cannabis marketplace in which cultivators, wholesale distributors and retail vendors can buy, sell, or exchange their inventories in a fully transparent intrastate market.

A recent Huffington Post article called the legal cannabis industry “the fastest growing industry in the United States.”

Amercanex will extend its marketplace services to include, through StrainData, CannLabs’ cannabis potency and contaminant testing data. The StrainData search engine features “CannLabs certified” cannabinoid profiles for an exclusive network of premium cannabis providers.

By empowering growers and dispensaries to share their testing data in real-time, StrainData says it offers exchange members the ability to make informed decisions when purchasing cannabis.

U.S.: Bud and Breakfast Launches New Accommodations Booking Engine

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Founded by experienced travel professionals, Budandbreakfast.com fosters safe, legal cannabis tourism by matching travelers with a variety of accommodations

Bud and Breakfast has launched what it calls "the first web-based booking engine to match travelers with safe and legal accommodations in places which have legalized the use of cannabis for medical and/or recreational use." This currently includes Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington as well as countries like Jamaica, The Netherlands and Uruguay, according to the company.

Before now, anyone traveling to a place where cannabis is legal still faced the challenge of finding a place to smoke or vaporize cannabis flower or enjoy edibles infused with cannabinoids. The fact is, consumption of cannabis is still not legal in public – not in a car, hotel, bar, restaurant or anywhere other than a private residence.

"We want to provide an accessible network of accommodations that meet high standards of quality, reliability and satisfaction for travelers who also wish to enjoy the benefits of this wonderfully healing plant,” said Sean Roby, founder and CEO of Bud and Breakfast.

“This goes beyond people looking to smoke pot," Roby said. "There are families with sick children looking for alternative treatments and adults who live with handicaps being treated with cannabis. Bud and Breakfast makes it possible to find a comfortable setting – like a private home – to begin healing. It’s great to know we can help them.”

Colorado: Lawmakers Don't Want To Refund Marijuana Taxes To The Public

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

One year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, just as predicted. The funds were supposed to be dedicated to school construction, along with regulating cannabis sales, but a legal complication may force the state to refund that money to the public -- and lawmakers don't want that to happen.

A strict anti-spending provision in the Colorado Constitution -- a voter-approved measure called the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights -- may require the state to refund nearly $60 million in marijuana taxes, reports Jack Healy at The New York Times.

Legislators are trying to figure out a way to keep the money, and they're hoping Colorado voters will let them. Republicans and Democrats in the Colorado Legislature don't agree very often when it comes to taxes, but it seems both parties agree they want to keep the cash, and legislators are working on a bill which would ask voters' permission to not give the money back.

"Despite our anti-tax feelings in the state, there's an exception being made when it comes to marijuana," said Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, a Denver-based trade organization that isn't taking a stand on the refund issue. "The industry is making a huge economic impact."

U.S.: DuBe Hemp Energy Shot Now Available In Colorado, New Hampshire and Vermont

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Algae International Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiary American Seed & Oil Company, on Friday announced an expansion of the previously announced distribution agreement of the DuBe Hemp Energy Shot in Texas and Kentucky. American Seed & Oil will now be selling the DuBe Hemp Energy Shot in Colorado, New Hampshire and Vermont.

"The response to the DuBe Hemp Energy Shot from our distribution network has been extremely positive," said Steven Rash, CEO of Algae International Group and American Seed & Oil. "We went back and asked to expand our distribution network into the additional states because we had unsolicited demand from those states.

"In addition to expanding our retail distribution network, we will soon be adding ecommerce to our website and selling the DuBe Hemp Energy Shot online with other organically certified hemp infused consumer products," Rash said.

The DuBe Hemp Energy Shot is a berry-flavored, all natural, zero calorie, sugar free, gluten free, GMO free energy shot infused with Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder, "providing smooth energy for hours," according to the company. A DuBe CBD Energy Shot is coming soon, according to the company.

DuBe Hemp Energy Shot Products are herbicide and pesticide free, peanut-free, vegetarian approved, kosher certified, THC-free (NO THC, 100 percent Legal), and tryspin inhibitor free, the company said.

Colorado: Mary's Medicinals Welcomes Dr. Noel Palmer As Chief Scientist

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As part of what it calls its "ongoing mission to provide clean, effective and accurately dosed plant-based health and wellness products," Mary's Medicinals today announced that it has enlisted Noel Palmer, Ph.D. as chief scientist. In this role, Dr. Palmer will direct and manage all research, development and testing for current and future products.

"We're thrilled to add Noel's expertise to our team," said Nicole Smith, CEO, Mary's Medicinals. "As one of the most respected researchers in the cannabis industry, his understanding of plant chemistry will allow us to continue to improve the efficacy and accuracy of our products, and his skill set will lend itself perfectly to the development of our new Mary's Nutritionals line."

Dr. Palmer brings 15 years of experience as a laboratory scientist with an emphasis on plant properties to Mary's Medicinals. A member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, his R&D and testing of product potency and efficacy is award winning.

Most recently, he was recognized as Americans for Safe Access Researcher of the Year 2014. In collaboration with ASA and the American Herbal Products Association, he was closely involved in drafting the Industry Standards for Laboratory Testing of cannabis.

"Mary's Medicinals has established itself as a leader in the creation of effective, quality cannabis medicine," Palmer said. "I look forward to applying my understanding of the powerful properties of plants to finding new ways to help patients find relief."

Colorado: Cannabis Chamber Calls For Marijuana Testing Reference Library

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The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) on Thursday called for a marijuana testing reference library in support of amended HB 15-1283 currently underway in the Colorado Legislature.

“The mandatory testing requirements for retail marijuana were put into place before there were standards established for the labs,” C4 President Tyler Henson explained. “Unfortunately this led to a wide disparity in testing results from lab to lab.”

The C4 Chamber possesses documented surveys by members who have submitted samples from the same batches to different licensed labs in Colorado, only to receive drastically different results – upwards of 40 percent.

“Because of these issues, the standards and methodologies should be established properly within a reference library, just like any other industry that utilizes testing before we subject the industry to even more costs in an unproven system,” Henson said.

The current system also does now allow for variance in test results, as currently, even if a product is less than 1-milligram over the 10-milligram serving size, the whole batch must be destroyed.

An allowance for testing variance in products is common across many industries, particular with pharmaceutical companies. A reference library would be able to establish standards for testing variance in cannabis, in order to make both laboratories and manufactures more efficient.

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