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Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

John Schroyer  | September 15, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

John Schroyer  | September 12, 2017

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report.

However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move.

The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” …

Out-of-state marijuana labs show interest in North Dakota

Omar Sacirbey  | September 5, 2017

Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota, which is setting up an MMJ program approved by voters last year.

State officials had expressed concern about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing.

Out-of-state companies “have …

Several factors led to Hawaii’s flawed medical marijuana launch

Bart Schaneman  | August 16, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

When Hawaii's two operational medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close just days after opening, a laboratory bottleneck was blamed for a supply disruption.

But participants in the fledgling MMJ program said the state's only functioning lab isn't at fault. Instead, they pointed to a number of other factors for their problems.

North Dakota seeks medical cannabis testing lab

Bart Schaneman  | August 8, 2017

North Dakota is in the market for a testing laboratory for its nascent medical marijuana program.

The chosen lab will be responsible for collecting and testing samples from marijuana cultivators in the state, the Forum News Service reported.

Each sample will be tested for:

  • Microbiological contaminants
  • Mycotoxins
  • Active pesticide ingredients
  • Residual …

Ohio college may be ready to test state’s medical marijuana

Bart Schaneman  | August 7, 2017

A company says it has secured a partnership with an Ohio university to test medical marijuana for the state’s fledgling MMJ program, though the firm declined to identify the school.

CCV Research – based in Sheffield Village, Ohio – will construct a medical cannabis testing lab on the university’s property, the Cleveland Plain …

Hawaii approves first medical marijuana testing lab

Omar Sacirbey  | August 1, 2017

Hawaii’s Department of Health issued its first provisional certification to a medical marijuana testing lab, bringing the state’s eight vertically integrated dispensaries closer to opening their doors.

Honolulu-based Steep Hill Hawaii, which was certified Monday, will need about four days to test and return product, according to the lab’s owner, Dana Ciccone.


Week in Review: Canadian premiers mull recreational marijuana delay, Uruguay begins adult-use sales & Hawaii’s MMJ still on hold

Matt Lamers  | July 21, 2017

By Matt Lamers, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

Canada’s provinces consider delaying the launch of the nation’s recreational marijuana industry, adult-use cannabis goes on sale in Uruguay, and Hawaii’s health department stalls the country’s medical MJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.