State investigating 'inconsistent' marijuana test labs
The state board in charge of the marijuana industry is looking into inconsistent and possibly inaccurate test results between Alaska’s two testing facilities. Last November, KTVA reported that Steep Hill Alaska’s CEO was concerned about the differences between his company and Canntest, LLC.
Brian Coyle said that Canntest’s THC results were higher for all 16 samples. In some cases, the numbers varied by 20 percent or greater.
THC is important to track because it’s what gets consumers high. Coyle claimed that consumers want high THC, which drives retailers to buy marijuana with the most THC.
Coyle says cultivators have told them they’ll use the lab that gets them the highest result.
In November, Canntest said they didn’t know why their lab was consistently testing higher levels of THC. They urged the state to investigate and fix the problem.
It seems the state listened. The Marijuana State Control Board says in one case, the two facilities reported significantly different levels of THC from the same edible product. They also found another problem: one facility found a potentially dangerous mold on a product, while another failed to detect it.
Here’s the law when it comes to testing marijuana. The state requires testing facilities to test marijuana bud, flower, concentrate and products to the potency of THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA and CBN cannabinoids. Marijuana products can have no more than 5 mg of THC per serving and there cannot be more than 10 servings in a single package. Also, marijuana flower and all products including food and water concentrates must be tested for bacteria and mold.
AMCO is now investigating the inconsistencies and is trying to identify the problem and correct it. Right now, they are warning marijuana consumers to be careful when buying the product. The Control Board urges people to inspect the products and limit consumption to the serving size and read the warnings on the package.
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