Cannabis growers and manufacturers in Vermont have new testing requirements to meet after updates were made to the Cannabis Control Board policies in December. They will have 90 days to make the switch.

Cary Giguere, in his last day as the CCB's director of compliance, provided information about the changes during the last CCB networking event of 2023 on Dec. 29. "It really is bittersweet," he said. "This has been an adventure. It's been incredible watching an agency be built from nothing. The team here is incredible."

Vermont's adult-use market has two licensed labs for testing. Previously, a third lab would examine potency alone. Vermont's medical market "uses internal labs and double checks within licensed laboratories," Giguere said.

For smokeable flowers, potency, pathogens, pesticides, and water activity will need to be tested. Heavy metals in soils will need to be tested every three years.