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US (NV): Should Nevada remove the Radura symbol from irradiated cannabis?

Despite the lack of federal guidance, Nevada’s cannabis product testing regime for both medical and adult-use cannabis is arguably the most comprehensive and stringent in the nation. Cannabis testing in Nevada is validated and monitored on an ongoing basis by an independent third-party. All cannabis in Nevada is tested for:

Moisture content, potency analysis, terpene analysis, foreign matter inspection, mycotoxin screening, heavy metal screening, pesticide residue analysis, herbicide screening, growth regulator screening, total yeast and mold, total Enterobacteriaceae, salmonella, pathogenic E. coli, aspergillus fumigatus, aspergillus flavus, aspergillus terreus, aspergillus niger.

In Nevada, ozone gas, radio frequency, sonic waves, and ionizing radiation can also be used to reclaim cannabis that fails a quality assurance test. The goal is to render the cannabis harmless to consumers without destroying or chemically modifying its desired characteristics, from terpene profile to potency, taste.

From March 2017 through March 2019, Nevada cannabis farmers were able to use the RAD Source RS 420 Line of radiation devices to convert quarantined cannabis into useable product. In March 2019, the Nevada Department of Taxation informed RAD Source customers they were not allowed to continue using the RS 420 Line of equipment.


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