US (NV): Lab boosted THC amounts in cannabis tests, settlement says

A cannabis testing lab suspended by the state last year was found by investigators to be inflating THC levels on cannabis products by as much as 10 percent, according to a settlement agreement approved by state regulators Thursday.

In November, the state suspended Certified Ag Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Sparks, for 30 days and levied a fine of $70,000 for reporting inaccurate THC results on products. The settlement agreement and fine was unanimously approved by the Nevada Tax Commission at a Thursday meeting that drew sharp rebukes from other labs who believed the state was letting Certified Ag off easy by allowing them to reopen and continue testing.

“You’re basically letting these guys pay to play,” said Curtis Bunce of DB Labs in Las Vegas. “$70,000 is pennies compared to the amount of income made by inflating THC.”

Investigators found the inflated numbers after making the lab retest products on Nov. 5 that Certified Ag had tested the day before, but this time with investigators there to ensure that it was done “in accordance with the division’s instructions and licensee’s procedures on file.”


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