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Marijuana: State-approved labs can't test private pot samples

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Courtesy Steep Hill-Halent Facebook page
State medical-marijuana testing labs licensed by the Marijuana Enforcement Division can no longer accept and test private samples dropped off by patients and caregivers. Legally, they're only allowed to test marijuana from state-licensed marijuana facilities.

Officials say the move keeps the state out of the federal government's cross-hairs by maintaining a tight lock on marijuana inventory. But it also punishes home-growing patients who want to know what they are putting in their bodies and prevents objective, third-party tests from being conducted on products currently for sale.

According to the MED, the rule has been in effect since October 15, 2013. But it wasn't being followed -- at least not so strictly that the Denver Post wasn't able to get independent tests done on edibles as recently as March through Steep Hill-Halent, a MED-licensed lab. DOR officials haven't admitted that those tests, which showed an embarrassing lack of oversight on behalf of the MED, spurred the sudden enforcement of the rule and announcement of the change. But the timing is curious and brings up another point: Westword (and the Post, as well as any other media outlet) will no longer be able to do our own independent tests at state-verified marijuana labs.

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Caregiver-grown Super Silver Haze.

The MED's justification? It says its marching orders come straight from the federal Department of Justice guidelines that outlined priorities for federal prosecutors when debating whether or not to prosecute otherwise state-legal cannabis operations. In particular, the MED points to the stipulation that says measures have to be in place to prevent diversion.

"In order to successfully implement and regulate the retail marijuana industry, the Department of Revenue must have a secure and reliable way to track all marijuana inventory that is sold to the consumer," notes Natriece Bryant, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Revenue, in an e-mail. "It would be a violation of regulation for the Retail Marijuana Testing Facility to accept test samples from those not licensed to sell marijuana.

"The department's primary concern is to ensure safe products are being sold to the consumer as well as allowing for the availability of data should the department ever have to discuss or disclose aggregate data to the media, public or health officials."

Continue for more about state-approved labs and marijuana testing, including additional photos.


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DaninDen
DaninDen

Growing Pains, Can this be working the bugs out? It’s a process, & in an entertaining opposing thoughts moment, have to stand by the resolve in voting for, but not partaking of MJ. I am reminded of 3 reasons for: Phishing the medicine cabinet (no, parents can’t seem to control their kids) fishing under the sink for brain killing buzz, and the over the top judicial skewering of lives.I read of the negative effects of cannabis on under 25 yr old brains, while not legal for under 21, what societal brakes can be applied to the prime experiment zone of teen to twenty something? Answers as empty, futile as the DEA was quoted in the late sixties, as to their expected outcome on the war on drugs, they said” It’s like sweeping the ocean back with a broom” Candid Cannabis, in deed.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

More pure bullshit. I was aware of this, having called ahead for information about testing my clones from seed, and was given the incredible news. It's clear that the state leverages every opportunity to put a de facto ban into place, despite the will of the voters--and yes, I expected it, which is why I didn't vote for A64.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Sooo sad!! While the dispensaries are allowed to test for strength, they can't manage their huge grow facilities.... Allowing molds and bugs to creep... Selling sick plants to the public based on the THC levels. Soooo many deserving gardeners that don't let these things happen, or spray harmful chemicals to deal with a giant facility. That are not allowed to boast about their skill levels now. Wake up people!! I hate to say it, you want marijuana grown by a connoisseur gardener.... Over a giant pot warehouse anyday. Warehouses get NASTY

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

this is asinine. you can grow it, smoke it, and process it, but you can't find out how strong it is. How does this not counter the requirement to use responsibly and the whole concept of being able to control dosages for medical usage? This is NOT a good way to try to force people who are trying to regulate their medicine to pay more and go through dispensaries, but I"m pretty sure that is what's happening. This is supposed to keep things on the up and up, but how are black market labs not going to pop up when there isn't a legal option? Is the ability to grow your own the next target?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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                      *** Regulation Works, Bitches!! ***


... YOU voted for it!



imahead
imahead

24 stores allowed in aurora but you must have 500,000 in assets in reserve.

They actually legislated in the richeees...  GROSS 



and i can't believe i liked donkay's comments..

oh the times they are a changing

JimTom
JimTom

Thank you A64 authors and loser that voted for it. How do all you retail buyers enjoy making the new rich of Denver even richer? Does the 5th rallies smoke weed procured from the cartel? Hypocrites.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"In order to successfully implement and regulate the retail marijuana industry, the Department of Revenue must have a secure and reliable way to track all marijuana inventory that is sold to the consumer ...It would be a violation of regulation for the Retail Marijuana Testing Facility to accept test samples from those not licensed to sell marijuana."


Complete BULLSHIT, since those patients / consumers who obtain their marijuana from the government approved Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel pigs HAVE obtained and possess that pot LEGALLY, no fucking diversion.


You don't have to be "licensed to SELL" marijuana to LEGALLY POSSESS IT, you lying shitsucking MED maggots.


The SCUMBAGS at the MED are merely attempting to COVER UP the FRAUD and MISREPRESENTATION by the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels, and their own GROSS INCOMPETENCE and COMPLICIT CONSPIRACY of that CONSUMER FRAUD.


Sounds like it is time for an INDEPENDENT Consumer Protection Lab to offer testing for the 100,000+ private patients, caregivers and growers who are LEGALLY COMPLIANT with A20 and A64.


FUCK the self-serving scumbags at the MED, and fuck what they stand for.

imahead
imahead

well no wonder people are blowing up their houses making wax.

if you cant test butter or oil extracts.  (made in a slow cooker no flamable gas used), then  you are left to guess the potency.  thus people are going  to make the most potent extracts they can.  


THIS IS WEAK SAUCE.  (catch the pun)

No testing what i made or what i bought - this is not safe for consumers. 


GREED WINS
 EVERY STATE CAREGIVER or red card holder who grows for themselves can be compensated for their time and materials - thus they are legally allowed to "sell" it


this is bullshit - i make butter and had it tested - now it's no longer medicine but hippy lot food.... thanks a lot feds.. the samples provided for tests are destroyed in the process

Monkey
Monkey

It "prevents objective, third-party tests from being conducted on products currently for sale."

That's what this is all about. They don't want citizens to prove regulations are a scam, designed to sell products, not to insure public safety. The Denver Post illustrated the incompetence of the MED safety regulations, so instead of doing a better job, they banned people from attaining information that proves they are incompetent.

To all those who think commercial cannabis products are safer, it's time to admit you're wrong. I personally know commercial growers that use pesticides currently banned in the U.S. You know that weird after taste you get half way through the bowl? That's dangerous chemicals you're smoking, not just shitty weed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@imahead  ... Reality hurts sometimes ... especially when you've lived a life of willful ignorance.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DinaLohan  


... looks like Bongsucker Billy -- unlike Fluffmaster Michael Roberts -- got off his lazy ass and corrected his error.


+1 point for effort, Billy.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey  



"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" 

-- Robert Chase

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Monkey  I wouldn't expect anything less of an avowed statist. Maybe he'll come around after seeing the damage done by the state he supports.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay @Monkey  


"I do not believe that there will be any fallout for medical cannabis [from A64]" -- Robert Chase


"There has been no fallout from having passed Amendment 64" -- Robert Chase


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