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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.

Nevada: DigiPath Labs Completes First Medical Marijuana Test

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DigiPath Labs of Las Vegas, the cannabis testing subsidiary of DigiPath, Inc., on Thursday announced that it has successfully completed its first commercial test of cannabis material.

In the short time it's been open, the company said it has already proven that it has the equipment and knowledge needed to reliably test medical cannabis for safety and potency.

"We are open for business," said Todd Denkin, president of DigiPath Labs. "It's been a very long and arduous process, but we jumped through all the hoops and cleared all the obstacles, and now we're testing cannabis products and generating revenue, an important milestone to our shareholders."

As one of only two labs currently operating in Southern Nevada, DigiPath Labs is positioned at the forefront of what is anticipated to become a rapidly growing industry in the Silver State. According to ArcView, the legal cannabis market exploded from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014—a 74 percent increase in just one year.

Greenwave Advisors estimates that the market could reach $35 billion by 2020 if marijuana is fully legalized across the country, or $21 billion under the more likely scenario of 12 states legalizing recreational use and 37 states legalizing medical use.

Nevada: Jane's Brew Medicinal Cannabis Infused Beverages Introduced To Patients

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House of Jane, a not-for-profit corporation involved in the cannabis-infused beverage industry, on Wednesday announced that it is teaming up with Silver State Trading, a Nevada cultivator, manufacturer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis and associated products, to bring Jane’s Brew™, a line of cannabis-infused beverages, to Nevada patients this month.

In addition, Jane’s Brew™, a scientifically-developed cannabidiol (CBD) and THC beverages and edibles product line, will be on display at HempCon Cup in Las Vegas on May 15-17 at Cashman Center, which is located at 850 N Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to collaborate with Silver State Trading to bring Jane’s Brew™ to Nevada,” said Ben-David Sheppard, managing partner of House of Jane. "Their extensive expertise in cultivating, manufacturing and distributing medical cannabis, matched with our top of the line brand of cannabis-infused edibles, is a perfect partnership.

"Since our launch of Jane’s Brew™ in January of this year, we’ve had great success in California with over 100 dispensaries carrying our product, and we are looking to have this same success in Nevada," Sheppard said.

“For more than 30 years I’ve been a believer in the benefits of medical cannabis,” said Jill Amen, founder of House of Jane. “I also believe the medicinal and wellness aspects of the plant are best delivered in forms other than inhaling and smoking, and that is why I created a brand of cannabis-infused drinkables.

Washington: Cannabis Testing Lab Founder Dr. Michelle Sexton Interviewed

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As marijuana legalization has spread to new states and regions, the regulatory framework of the industry has struggled to adapt. How to ensure product safety via scientific testing has been a popular debate, and some legal markets have mandated testing for cannabis producers and retailers.

Ganjapreneur, a cannabis industry publication focused on business news and culture, recently published an interview with Dr. Michelle Sexton of PhytaLab about her take on cannabis testing regulations.

Dr. Sexton founded PhytaLab in 2010, and she has also served as a consultant to the Washington State Liquor Control Board on the implementation of I-502, the state’s bill which led to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. She is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, and she is also an avid surfer and rock climber.

In the interview, Sexton explains how the lack of federal recognition of legal cannabis markets has made scientific research very difficult. "Due to the federal status, crowd-sourced science has virtually replaced clinical research, being 'loosely' conducted without the usual controls or theoretical frameworks," Dr. Sexton said.

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