US: Federal and state officials collaborate on cannabis standardization proposals

Federal, state, and local officials convened for a national conference this week where members discussed and advanced proposals to establish standards for cannabis products that could later be formally adopted into a federal handbook.

Two committees of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) had cannabis-related items on the agenda. If any of them are ultimately approved at a subsequent meeting this summer, they would be incorporated into federal guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

NCWM’s Laws and Regulations Committee discussed proposals to establish a definition for cannabis and cannabis-containing products, develop a policy for the water activity range for cannabis and standardize packaging and labeling requirements.

Those first two items did move forward and achieve voting status, meaning that NCWM members will have the opportunity to adopt them into the NIST handbook when they convene again in July. The latter proposal, which specifically concerned creating a national standard for the weight of packages that contain cannabis, did not advance to voting status during this interim meeting and will continue to be considered in the future.

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