Give a Voice to Scientists in the Executive Suite {$excerpt:n} What do Aurora Cannabis, Tilray and Pfizer all have in common? They all produce and sell products used for medicinal purposes, they are top competitors in their field and they all have statements on their websites claiming that science is one of the most important…

CDPHE Certifies More Labs for Hemp Testing {$excerpt:n} Aurum Labs, a cannabis testing laboratory based in Durango, Colorado, announced last week that they have become certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for all of the compliance testing required for hemp products. The press release says they are the first independent…

Study Finds Only 7% of CBD Brands Conduct Proper Lab Testing {$excerpt:n} Leafreport released the findings from their expansive CBD testing study that revealed some pretty alarming results. According to their study, only 7% of CBD brands they sampled actually conduct legitimate contamination testing for pesticides, heavy metals and microbial contamination. Leafreport is an Israeli…

New Non-Profit Seeks to Provide Medical Education {$excerpt:n} The Center for Scientific Cannabinoid Information (CSCI) announced their launch on June 14. In a press release announcing their launch, the non-profit organization says they want to serve as a resource for healthcare professionals, psychologists, doctors, athletic trainers and others looking for information on the safety and…

An Interview with Metrc CEO Michael Johnson {$excerpt:n} Metrc combines a software platform with radio frequency identification technology to track plants and cannabis products from seed to sale. The track-and-trace model quickly became adopted by dozens of states to regulate their cannabis markets over the years, becoming an important standard in the industry. With government…

An Update on Missouri Legalization & Taxes {$excerpt:n} Some states, like California, Colorado and Washington, have welcomed cannabis with open arms while others have taken a while to come to the party (or haven’t gotten there yet). Missouri, whose licensed sales only began in October 2020, is one of the late arrivals. Perhaps it’s in…

How Do You Know You’re Right? qPCR vs. Plating {$excerpt:n} Cannabis testing to detect microbial contamination is complicated. It may not be rocket science, but it is life science, which means it’s a moving target, or at least, it should be, as we acquire more and more information about how the world we live in…

One Month In: New Jersey Market Starts Growing {$excerpt:n} Just over a month ago, a handful of dispensaries in New Jersey began selling cannabis to adults over the age of 21. The state issued licenses for adult use sales to seven alternative treatment centers (ATCs), otherwise known as medical cannabis businesses already established in the…

New York Adds More Conditional Cultivation Licenses {$excerpt:n} Regulators in New York are continuing their push forward in launching the adult use cannabis market. They have approved 58 conditional licenses for hemp growers to begin cultivating cannabis for the adult use market. In just the past few months, the state has already awarded 146 conditional…

Canopy Growth Acquires Jetty Extracts {$excerpt:n} Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the largest cannabis companies in the world, announced the acquisition of Jetty Extracts this week for $69 million. Jetty Extracts was founded in 2013 and is now a leading cannabis brand in California and a top 5 brand in the vape category. The two…

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