When Colorado voters legalized cannabis throughout the state in November, 2013, it was the first time in the nation’s history. It was hardly the only first, however. Now, Colorado is hoping to be the first, once again. A bill approved by the first committee of the Colorado State Legislature last Thursday would create a state-wide standardization for cannabis THC testing.
So, Testing Isn’t Currently Regulated?
Not exactly. While the 18 Colorado cannabis testing laboratories are certified by the state health authority, there is no overarching regulatory body overseeing the labs. That’s where this bill comes in.
If passed, the bill would establish a state-wide regulatory system of checks and balances to be followed by all current and future cannabis testing labs. The bill will now go to a separate committee for approval before heading to the entirety of the Colorado House for a final vote.
In other research laboratory sectors, regulatory bodies such as OSHA and ISO have set strict standards for lab regulation, and have done so for many years.
In the newly formed cannabis testing industry, the regulation process is as new as the industry itself. This leads to different pot-testing labs around the state getting drastically different results when testing the same cannabis products.
If labs all performed the testing as required by a regulatory body, the results could still be compared apples-to-apples, even if the results themselves are still wildly different. Eliminating the testing procedure as a variable is essential in properly analyzing data.
The Winner is You
If – and according to this author, when – this bill is passed in the House the real benefactors of THC testing regulation will be the cannabis consumers. Container labels will have precise THC concentrations of every product sold right there for easy reading.
The ability to purchase according to THC concentration will be simplified and customers will have a better idea of what each specific strain of marijuana will bring in terms of type of high experienced.
Colorado was the first in the nation to legalize a previously illegal plant, and with that comes the responsibility to be first in regulating the testing of it. With this bill currently circulating the House committees, Colorado is on its way to doing just that.