US (MT): Heavy metal testing, too much THC, and the fight over Montana’s budding cannabis industry

It was a public meeting in the middle of the holidays to discuss marijuana. When it happened, the rules that the state’s Department of Public Health and Humans Services was proposing were already suspended.

And the way the proposed-but-suspended rules were scotched by an interim legislative committee with just email seemed suspect — no one witnessed the vote or even knew about it.

The irregular path of proposed rules that would govern how Montana’s legalized recreational and medical marijuana is tested demonstrates some of the strain that is emerging as the pot industry takes root in the Treasure State.

For example, the Department of Revenue controls most of the marijuana industry in Montana. However, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services controls the laboratory testing that cultivators and retailers use.


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