After the Oregon Health Authority received multiple complaints on marijuana testing, the state responded by implementing less drastic measures. The medical marijuana business managers complained about the time and money they were losing because of the strict regulations. Furthermore, while registered companies struggled, the black market was on the rise.
Following the new rules, although only temporary, the medical marijuana growers registered an increase in productivity levels and were consequently able to produce more batches. The new regulations were issued on October 1st, earlier this year. Together with the new set of rule, the Oregon Health Authority also changed the requirements in marijuana testing, allowing only a small number of product batches to be tested.
Nevertheless, new regulations presented on Friday, December2nd, do not relax the standards for pesticide use. This issue has caused a large number of contaminated medical marijuana batches to be recalled from four major Oregon dispensaries earlier this year.
In an official statement, the Oregon Health Authority says that the new rules allow a balance between the medical marijuana consumers’ health protection and the marijuana testing costs. Many business owners are thrilled by these changes, as the new regulations help the medical marijuana industry to expand.
“I think it’s wonderful! Any change right now is a step in the right direction.”, says the co-founder of Oregrown, a local-based medical marijuana business, Aviv Hadar.
The Oregon Health Authority has released a two-page guide that consists of the new temporary set of rules which covers many specific topics when it comes to marijuana testing. The list includes sample sizes, label requirements, batch sizes, and the allowed concentrations of cannabidiol, or more commonly known as CBD and THC.
The producers say that by increasing the sample and batch sizes, less money will be spent on marijuana testing, which will eventually lower the costs of the medical marijuana production altogether. This is mainly because they spend less time on testing fewer samples. As a consequence, the manufacturers can then move on to the next step of the production.
In Oregon, marijuana is mainly tested for solvents, potency, pesticides, microbiological contaminants, like mold, and moisture levels. Oregon has been the first state to implement mandatory pre-emptive marijuana testing, according to Andre Ourso, the medical marijuana program manager with the Oregon Health Authority.
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