Skip to comments.Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]
Posted on 01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST by steve86
Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist.
Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes.
âItâs almost impossible for that to happen,â said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity.
After sifting through public records for moisture, microbial, residual solvent and potency tests required by the state, MacRae sorted the lab results into three categories. He found three labs scored as âfriendlyâ to the industry, six landed in the âkinda friendlyâ group, and five others appeared more neutral. (There were 14 certified labs, but two have gone out of business.)
He has not named the labs in the analysis published on his blog. Instead he identifies them by letter-code. Before naming them he is seeking industry feedback. MacRae, who has applied for pot-store licenses, argues that accurate lab tests are crucial to legalization because safety and quality assurance is a chief advantage legal pot merchants have over illegal dealers.
MacRaeâs findings are being applauded by some lab officials and others who believe stricter state oversight is overdue. âThat was a great tool he put out,â said Dani Luce, CEO of GOAT Labs in Vancouver. âBut it should have gone to the Liquor and Cannabis Board, not the public.â
The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) knows about MacRaeâs analysis, said agency spokesman Brian Smith. MacRae is testifying about his findings at an agency board meeting Wednesday in Olympia.
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On potency, he found four labs averaged at least 20.5âpercent in total cannabinoids, which include key chemicals such as THC. The other labs all averaged between 15.6 and 19.5 percent.
"If a lab consistently produces higher THC results, I think growers would be more interested in using them", said Kristi Weeks, policy counsel for the state Department of Health (DOH).
I’m just trying to grow tomatoes hydroponically and it’s hard.
Montana was so bad they decided to move everything out of state, even the dead bodies.
(and the coroners... they left too)
I’ve seen that around Cody, Wy, but never that far north.
Montana crime lab was in big doo doo, shut down most, recalled cases
(still has a huge backlog of rape kits, but I hear that is not unusual)
I’m sure it was all good shit, no twigs or seeds.
Nice to see Annie Dookhan found work.
There is a test for everything.
Lawyers and do gooders will be the death of us.
The Liquor and Cannibis board? I’d like to attend one of their meetings. Dude!
Gives new meaning to, "That's some good sh*t!"
But seriously: if consumers are concerned about these matters (as I would be if I smoked pot and lived in WA) there's a market opportunity here for growers and retailers to proclaim, 'All our product is tested by Uptight Labs.'
Directly across the hall from the Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings.
Maybe even more fun than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Ive always said humans are just a mash of neurosis and addictions.
(Warning Joke to follow) Are you sure those are tomatoes? ;-)
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