December 12, 2013
New Labs Sprouting Up To Test Cannabis — And The Law
Grandaddy Purple, Blueberry Yum Yum and other pot products may now be legal for medical use in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but how do patients know what dose they're really getting and whether it's safe? Small labs are setting up shop — some at their own legal peril — to help patients find out, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.
Bethany Halford, senior editor at C&EN, explains that consumers expect tight quality control over more traditional pharmaceuticals that come in syrups, drops and pill form at the corner pharmacy. Dosage should be precise, and purity is demanded. Now that the use of medical marijuana — and in Colorado and Washington, the buying of recreational pot — is growing legally, labs to analyze the available products are cropping up.
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