Article by Colton Lockhead, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada’s cannabis industry wants to be tested.
Hoping to avoid the pitfalls seen in other states that have legalized marijuana, several in Nevada’s marijuana industry want the state’s stringent testing of medical marijuana products to be carried over to the recreational market. Doing so is essential to protecting the consumers, they say, as well as the industry.
“We need to make sure this product is safe. And the only way to make sure it’s safe is to test it,” said Kelly Zaug, lab manager at DV Labs in Las Vegas, during a Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association panel discussion Thursday.
Nevada requires medical marijuana products be tested by independent laboratories for pesticides, microbial bacteria, mycotoxins and heavy metals, as well as for the level of THC potency, on a regular basis. That type of regulatory barrier is seen in only a handful of the 28 states with legal forms of marijuana. Some of those states, like Arizona, Michigan and Rhode Island, have no testing requirements for medical marijuana.
Question 2, which Nevadans approved by a 9 point margin last month, tasks the state’s Department of Taxation with crafting the regulations that will guide the industry, including how the products will be tested.
Zaug and other panel members, including state Sen. Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, said it is important to make sure those regulations are carried over into the recreational side.