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US (OK): Oklahoma MMJ authority reaps benefits from QA lab hired in August

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is reviewing results from its first round of lab proficiency testing.

OMMA entered into an agreement with Metis in August to serve as the state’s quality assurance lab, essentially setting the standard other labs must meet so there’s little variance between licensed testing facilities. OMMA Interim Director Dr. Kelly Williams told state lawmakers during a policy meeting at the capitol on Monday the first round focused on correctly testing for marijuana potency, pesticides, microbials, solvents, heavy metals and mycotoxins.

"We’ve really hit the ground running on the proficiency testing and already helped to identify some areas of opportunity that they’re going to coach the labs on and help identify their procedures. They have also assisted us in at least one recall. There were samples of product that we were concerned about We had them test it, and it turned out that, that product needed to be recalled," Williams said.

A second round of proficiency testing focused on mold and E. coli is due this month. Williams said OMMA and Metis have a goal of monthly challenges, biannual lab visits and random sampling of marijuana products on shelves.


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