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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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