Medical marijuana: Full Spectrum Labs shutting doors until state license is issued

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Robert Winicki.
Last week, we re-posted this month's Chronic-le feature story on high-CBD strains around Colorado, with our selections based on Full Spectrum Labs tests. But those might be the last results we get from Full Spectrum for a while.

FSL announced last week that it's shutting down Octobert 14 until the state can promulgate a medical marijuana research license.

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As surprising as the move was, it makes sense. Remember that the Drug Enforcement Administration raided Full Spectrum in 2010 after the lab applied for a license through the agency. And now, without any state protection enshrined in the books, my guess is that FSL owners like Robert Winick realize they would have another big, DEA-friendly target on their back should they continue to operate.

Full Spectrum Labs spokesman Buckie Minor didn't have much else to add to the company news release, on view below. He says Full Spectrum Labs might re-open for cannabis testing in the future, but adds that "it all comes down to: 'What does the new license say?'"

At least three other labs around the state are remaining open despite the legal gray area, including RM3 Labs in Boulder, CannLabs in Colorado Springs and Denver's Herbal Synergy, which operates as a mobile lab and can run tests at dispensaries.

Officials with the MMED haven't gotten back to us yet; we'll update this post when they do. In the meantime, here's the aforementioned FSL release:

To all current and former clients of FSL,

Full Spectrum Labs would like to announce some new changes to our business in the coming weeks and months. Since our inception, we have been humbled by our ability to play a role in expanding patient awareness of the science behind Medical Marijuana and appreciate the amazing response we have received from patients and providers across Colorado.

Given the recent changes in Medical Marijuana regulations in Colorado, new chain of custody rules severely hamper the ability of licensed Medical Marijuana Centers to test their products with a laboratory. In part to address this issue, the General Assembly has created a new Medical Marijuana Research license that is expected to be defined in coming months. We look forward to Colorado's future in expanding the science and medicine of Medical Marijuana, and are eager to see the nation's first state-based licensed Medical Marijuana Research program come to fruition.

In the interim, we have made the difficult decision to cease testing while the regulations of this new research license are being defined. Effective October 14th, we will cease testing of Medical Marijuana samples. Any clients who have purchased unused testing packages should make arrangements with their sales representative to use any remaining tests prior to this date.

Thank you for all your support over the previous two years, and we look forward to the future of Medical Marijuana research in Colorado.

Sincerely,

The staff of Full Spectrum Labs

More from our Marijuana archives: "Medical marijuana strains richest in CBDs: Top Colorado samples;" "Medical Marijuana Industry Group decries feds' Cali crackdown, touts Colorado regs (VIDEO)."


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Peakanalyticalservices
Peakanalyticalservices

Peak Analytical Systems (formerly Genovations labs) is under new management and still open for business in Colorado Springs.  Contact us at (719) 632-6026.

Monkey
Monkey

I wouldn't start up again and everyone who thinks regulations or a license will help them should look at what Haag said in Sacramento a couple days ago. I realize she is California but she is also a US representative of the DOJ. Colorado is not safe, were just the easiest target.

"The first ones we'll look at will be where cities have licensed marijuana businesses.""Marijuana licensing schemes are inconsistent with Federal Law.""Long Beach CA was found guilty of breaking Federal Law last week in court by licensing marijuana businesses."

Grow your own or find a skilled, private caregiver, The DOJ has never had a problem with them. Stick to privacy, quality and moderation, something the commercial MMJ industry has forgotten. Back to the old days, your own brain is a great way to test what strains work for you and it will alleviate the power of suggestion that dispensaries really use these tests for.

William Breathes
William Breathes

"Grow your own or find a skilled, private caregiver, The DOJ has never had a problem with them. "

Chris Bartkowicz may disagree with you on that.

Monkey
Monkey

Your kidding right, he went on tv and told the DEA where and what he was doing and how much money he was making, similar to dispensaries the DOJ and DEA are attacking. You obviously understand privacy right Mr. Breathes. Every time the DOJ responds they always mention patients and caregivers as unimportant but if you narc yourself off, they have to do their job.

PR420
PR420

No one can lawfully test or research without a DEA drug handlers license and no one will get one unless your talking organic dranabinol and even that would be beyond the budget of these small scale state based operations. As for rescheduling to often people say this without understanding the scheduling system. Schedule 2 means no more MMCs or OPCS as both would be subject to the FDA and no one can afford that. Additionally the FDA will never approve smoked herbal cannabis. Schedule 2 drugs need a prescription. That would mean no more Dr recommendations and no dr could prescribe smoked verbal cannabis without FDA approval. Further more no patients would be allowed to produce a schedule 2 drug in their home. Try whipping up a batch of oxytocin in your tub and see what happens. It sounds nice on the surface but the issue is more complex than that. Schedule 2 would create a big pharma monopoly. With respect to "testing" thatbas been going on. With out full spectrum testing (not the company) this includes terpenes and flavonoids and all canabinoids and acids there is no real mapping of a steins potential. No MMC is producing consistent cannabinoid profiles as a living organism is subject to change it's chemical profile due to environmental factors. With out testing for Residule synthetic fertilizer Latet in plant tissue there is no safetyargins in place for patients. Cannabis is an extreme accumulator plant and should never be grown with these chemicals which all cause cancer and toxify the body and cannot be removed with water flushes. With out in depth profiling There is no real understanding of a given strains potential. Only testing for 3 cannabinoids THC CBD CBG is a simplistic snap shoot and tantamount to testing for 3 vitamins in a pei e of fruit. Not hardly a nutritional profile and almost meaningless in light of the complex interplay of these compounds. Any R&D license crated by the state will not offering any protections from the Feds and ultimately the Feds will protect not only big pharma interests but their own patents. This isn't about wether or not cannabis has medical benefits it's about profit. The FDA approval process is cost Prohibitive for a reason and given cannabis use as a medicine for almost 10,000 years and the federal MMJ program for 40 I think we are a little past clinical trials. Especially with the Dr Russo published studies on the federal program. To understand what the FDA is trying to do to a herbal supplements puts the issues with verbal cannabis into proper focus. Look up codex alimentarius.

Guest
Guest

I agree that schedule 2 may not be the right place for cannabis. State law doesn't really mandate treatment of MMJ in a way similar to federal treatment of schedule 2 even though it is implied. It does need to be rescheduled. It certainly needs to be researched - now - one way or another. Even if Colorado MMJ were to disappear today, it would be a gross disregard for public safety to not continue or begin research - now. Even if it is just for police officers who accidentally get some pot brownie in their mouth down in Texas - we need to know what we're doing.... especially with all this exposure.

re:formerlyDenver
re:formerlyDenver

Just as FSL is making some really interesting discoveries on CBD's, the feds step in and take over the research so that they can copyright and patent strain specific mmj, which will then be sold to big pharma, and the only places that can carry and sell mmj will have to sell the ill grown shit the gov and corporations want us to be ingesting.  I don't like where this is going - it is pushing the mmj community back under ground into the black market.

Re: Re:FormerlyDenver
Re: Re:FormerlyDenver

Read the last paragraph of FSL's release again carefully. It doesn't say they are ceasing research, only that they are no longer accepting samples of MMJ for testing. I don't see anything in there that says FSL is quitting research. Hopefully their CBD work will live on?

William Breathes
William Breathes

The lab is closing. They are not doing any more research until state licenses come out - and even then, they couldn't tell me if they'll be back

William Breathes
William Breathes

Sorry, I was posting from my phone.

The lab is closing. They are not doing any more research until state licenses come out - and even then, they couldn't tell me if they'll be back

Re: Re:FormerlyDenver
Re: Re:FormerlyDenver

Who tries to fake a Westword account by just copying the name? Breathes' comments all come with an icon

poddar13
poddar13

That they're having to close shop, FOR THE REASONS THEY ARE, is wrong. That said, I have an issue with pretty much all of the cannabis testing services. This is: in order for any form of chromotography to work accurately the machine must be calibrated using a certified standard of known purity. To get such a standard in the USA requires a DEA license. It seems extremely unlikely that the DEA would grant such a license to a "specialty" testing facility, so....

Jeremy Wilburn
Jeremy Wilburn

You are wrong about the DEA license for the standards.  Standards are readily available as they are in dilute form and very small volumes for THC, CBC, and CBN.  We use them at our lab (Peak Analytical Services, formerly Genovations Labs) in Colorado Springs. 

Jay
Jay

*sick people

Jay
Jay

It has nothing to do with dick people, and everything to do with the fact that legalization, even quasi-medical legalization, would vastly decrease cops ability to harass and arrest those they come in contact with.

Think of all the lost revenue the cops, police departments, courts, judges, probation and parole departments, fines, fees, asset forfeitures etc would face. Then think whether or not those people have an interest in keeping things illegal. After all, if everyone is a criminal it makes it much easier to harass those who speak out.

Also: "On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant."More: http://digitaljournal.com/arti...

Instntkrma
Instntkrma

colorado state university still tests! 

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

We need to demand a change in the scheduling status.........that's the problem....besides, OUR TAXES PROVIDE IT AT the University of Mississippi -Oxford.....for the ever-dwindling LEGAL recipients of MM.... They get a supply of medicine each moth....! So why would they not simply allow veterans the same courtesy..?????? THIS SHOULD NOT BE! ALL sick people should have access to medicine.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Very good point, RockyMissouri. Thanks for your comment.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I am sorry that Full Spectrum is closing even temporarily.  It will be interesting to see whether the State obliges by creating such a license (which should have been done a decade ago) and then whether the Department of Injustice will show any more respect for such licensees than many of us expect it will towards MMC, OPG, and MIP licensees when the time comes.

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