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California: Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo Coming To L.A.

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Registration is now open for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) taking place September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

CWCBExpo in LA is sponsored by the International Cannabis Association (ICA) and will be providing information, resources and tools for producers, processors, dispensary owners, healthcare professionals, investors, and lawyers, as well as cannabis entrepreneurs.

Following a June educational and trade show forum in New York that had more than 2,000 attendees, CWCBExpo in LA will offer a comprehensive conference program with the medical, legal, financial and product development fields represented. The educational program will provide insight on what is needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry, including workshops on September 16 that cover:

• Cannabis Careers and a Job Fair
• Certification in Opening a Cannabis Business
• Investor BootCamp and CannaPitch
• Pre-Certification for Doctors and Nurse Practitioners

In addition, conference sessions on September 17-18 will include sessions for entrepreneurs, growing and sustaining a cannabis business, insight into what’s ahead and what’s next for the industry, and direct access to thought leaders and innovators.

Following his rousing address at CWCBExpo in New York, Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will present at the LA event and bring his dynamic expertise and knowledge on legalization of cannabis and drug policy reform to the West Coast.

U.S.: Marijuana Lab Test Results Controversy Discussed

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The latest episode in a series of ongoing podcast interviews offered by Ganjapreneur, a cannabis business website and online resource, explores the cannabis testing world with Dr. Michelle Sexton, founder of Phytalab.

Dr. Sexton is a naturopathic doctor, an editor and advisor on the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph, and was a consultant in the development of Washington's recreational cannabis market.

With legalization continuing to spread, regulators are beginning to take a serious look at cannabis science and the ways it can benefit the distribution of safe, quality products. One of the more common regulatory demands — that all products be tested for potency, contaminants and other criteria by a state-certified laboratory — is a uniquely difficult scientific process in today's world. In fact, many dispensary owners and other cannabis retailers have complained that when submitting samples from the same plant to different testing facilities, they frequently receive varying results.

During the interview, Dr. Sexton establishes that "there's a difference between certification and proficiency. That's the bottom line." Essentially, the people setting the regulations for cannabis testing aren't actually scientists, and there is a disconnect between the way things have wound up and the way things should have been done.

U.S.: CannLabs, Amercanex Partner On 'First Fully Electronic Cannabis Marketplace'

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CannLabs subsidiary StrainData to provide certification and quality assurance to wholesale cannabis exchange

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Could these guys become the Carfax of cannabis? Two American companies in the cannabis industry this week announced a partnership that they say will result in the nation's "first fully electronic cannabis marketplace."

CannLabs, Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement through its subsidiary StrainData to provide CannLabs’ certified testing data to the Amercanex Cannabis Exchange. Amercanex is the first fully electronic cannabis marketplace in which cultivators, wholesale distributors and retail vendors can buy, sell, or exchange their inventories in a fully transparent intrastate market.

A recent Huffington Post article called the legal cannabis industry “the fastest growing industry in the United States.”

Amercanex will extend its marketplace services to include, through StrainData, CannLabs’ cannabis potency and contaminant testing data. The StrainData search engine features “CannLabs certified” cannabinoid profiles for an exclusive network of premium cannabis providers.

By empowering growers and dispensaries to share their testing data in real-time, StrainData says it offers exchange members the ability to make informed decisions when purchasing cannabis.

U.S.: New Nationwide Certification Program Aims To Bring Quality Assurance To Medical Marijuana

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Independent certification will benefit patients, healthcare providers, and regulators implementing medical marijuana laws

Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Tuesday launched a new nationwide program that the group says will certify the quality and reliability of medical marijuana products sold at licensed businesses. Patient Focused Certification (PFC) is the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), according to ASA.

Earlier this year, AHPA issued a series of recommendations for state regulators, providing standards for the medical marijuana industry in the areas of manufacturing, packaging and labeling, dispensary operations, and laboratory practices. AHPA has since issued standards for commercial medical marijuana products, as well as the reliability and quality of related services. More recently, AHP released a cannabis monograph that set standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties.

"In every city I visit across this country, patients say product safety and quality assurance are the issues they care about," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "As a patient advocacy organization, it was a natural fit for Americans for Safe Access to fill this much needed gap."

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