The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to approve final regulations for the state’s six-year-old medical cannabis program but not until commissioners spent hours debating a controversial testing provision.
Under the regulations, growers are required to get cannabis material tested twice by two different labs — once at the time of harvest and again after the cannabis has been processed into the product that would be sold in the dispensaries.
Trade groups had strongly opposed the regulation saying that requiring two labs to test the product at different times in the process will accomplish nothing.
In arguing for the need for the use of two labs, Department of Health officials asserted that it will prevent growers from relying on labs that fudge their results.
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