In the absence of federal legalization, there are no universal testing standards for cannabis, and stories of lab fraud in cannabis testing have cast a pall over the industry in the past few years.
According to Christopher Altomare, the co-founder, and CEO of Nova Analytic Labs, “Whether it’s fraud or not, it’s because the person isn’t trained or doesn’t have the know-how to really parse that data to understand it.”
Before entering the cannabis testing space, Altomare was working in pharmaceutical, forensic, and toxicology lab testing - all of which are highly regulated by state authorities. As cannabis legalization spread, Altomare said his interest was piqued, and he decided to do some consulting along with one of his business partners.
“We quickly realized just how much this space is lacking in true laboratory professionals that know how to run labs and put out quality data,” Altomare said, adding that “you really don’t master these types of equipment until you’re hands-on [with them] for extended periods of time.”
Altomare said that the instruments required in laboratory testing require a great deal of fine-tuning, adjustment, and constant management to keep them operating.
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