US: "Arizona not doing enough to ensure cannabis testing for contaminants is accurate"

Arizona cannabis consumers are at risk because of lax testing standards in the state, officials advising the Department of Health Services warned on Monday as they called for new rules on how cannabis is tested.

Members of the advisory council warned that while cannabis growers are required to pay certified laboratories to test their products to ensure they're free of harmful contaminants, the growers can use a single test to represent massive crops of cannabis, and portions of those crops could have contamination and escape detection.

State law requires DHS to take suggestions from cannabis dispensaries, testing labs, scientists, patients, law enforcement and other members of a testing advisory council. Members of that council met Monday and proposed a stricter rule regarding how much cannabis can be cleared for sale with a single test.

"I think we are really compromising consumer safety," said Tabitha Hauer, owner of Desert Valley Testing in Phoenix and a member of the advisory council.

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