Oklahoma to license cannabis labs, but businesses must test batches

Medical marijuana regulators in Oklahoma are close to licensing testing laboratories, but MMJ growers and processors in what had been a lightly regulated market have been required to test product batches for pesticides and potency for nearly two months.

State regulators said they would begin accepting lab applications on Nov. 1.

Melissa Miller, assistant director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the state has up to 90 business days to review the lab applications, “but we anticipate that we will begin issuing licenses in the next 1-3 months.”

The state hasn’t put a limit on the number of lab or MMJ business licenses that could be issued.

Even though Oklahoma has no licensed labs, product testing went into effect Aug. 30 as a result of legislation passed earlier this year that detailed compliance measures found in other U.S. markets.

Growers and processors must test product batches for pesticides, THC and terpene potency as well as heavy metals before sale, transfer or processing.

Miller wrote that growers and processors were encouraged to take their product batches to existing laboratories in the state with a national accreditation.

She indicated the state is monitoring the situation.

“Inspectors are looking for documentation of testing results now, it’s just that the testing does not currently have to be done with a lab that is licensed with us,” Miller wrote.

Edibles processors are required to obtain a separate food license and test their products.

Seed-to-sale tracking is somewhat similar.

The state doesn’t expect to select a vendor until early 2020.

In the meantime, Oklahoma medical cannabis businesses were required since August to have an inventory tracking system in place capable of integrating with the state seed-to-sale system when it becomes operational.

The 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook projects medical cannabis sales in Oklahoma to reach $140 million-$180 million this year.

Jeff Smith can be reached at [email protected]

2 comments on “Oklahoma to license cannabis labs, but businesses must test batches
  1. Kelly Smith on

    Why don’t you want recarational Marijuana,along side medical,?? Why are you being native,? There’s billions of dollars for your state alone to pay for new schools,new roads,new towns,jobs a plenty, marijuana stocks.cim, make real money,become a very important part of your life,this is gods plant for us to grow,eat,wear,write on,fuels,paint,plastics,ect.

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    • Tom Drommond on

      I’m all for the testing. Our farm works hard, our results are outstanding, both in potency and terpene content, as well as meeting the highest standards for being contaminant-free. Oklahoma is setting a great example in allowing the framework to evolve. Batch size limits of 10 pounds are not very considerate of the actual growing conditions. Efficient commercial cannabis cultivation requires the economy of scale. A medium-sized greenhouse, farm or indoor grow house can produce 150 pounds per harvest. The harvest was treated the same, fed the same, often grown in the same room or greenhouse, harvested the same and dried together. It should be considered a batch. Fifty to 100 pounds would be more realistic. Growers are already running terpene and potency tests on each cultivar. Patients have to know this for proper dosing. It’s the very expensive contaminant testing that’s heavy-handed at 10 pounds per batch. But, frankly, I’m so glad we get to do this, I’d test every 10 ounces to ensure access to relief people need, without pharmaceuticals, like opioids and NSAIDs.

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