An Insider’s View: How Labs Conduct Cannabis Mold Testing

As both recreational and medical cannabis legalization continues to progress across the country, each state is tasked with developing regulatory requirements to ensure that customers and patients receive clean cannabis for consumption. This requires cannabis to undergo laboratory testing that analyzes the presence of microbial impurities including yeast and mold. Some states, such as Colorado, Nevada, Maine, Illinois and Massachusetts …

France Considers Fining Cannabis Possession

The French have always been known for possessing a certain national savoire faire. In English, that translates to a phrase meaning innate understanding of how to do things with a certain amount of panache, if not bonhomie. International diplomacy was long conducted in French as a result. However, when it comes to the famed French silver tongue or sophistication on …

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: Removal of Purple Pigmentation from Cannabis

Cannabis strains used (clockwise from top left): Agent Orange, Tahoe OG, Blue Skunk, Grand Daddy and Grape Drink Cannabis-testing laboratories have the challenge of removing a variety of unwanted matrix components from plant material prior to running extracts on their LC-MS/MS or GC-MS. The complexity of the cannabis plant presents additional analytical challenges that do not need to be accounted …

Israel’s Cannabis Export Plans Evaporate in Fire and Fury

Trump Administration-Israeli relations had the distinct whiff of cannabis to them in the first week of February. In a development potentially just as impactful as transplanting Israel’s capital to Jerusalem, it has now emerged that Israel’s president, Benjamin Netanyahu, has effectively scotched, at least temporarily, the country’s budding medical cannabis international export plans on the eve of finally launching them. …

Audit Finds Oregon Lacking Regulatory Oversight and Proper Security

Last week, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson published his office’s audit of The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). The audit uncovered a number of inadequacies with the regulatory agency, most notably the problems with their tracking system, designed to prevent cannabis form being sold on the black market. The report highlights the need for Oregon to implement a more …

Head of German Police Union Calls for Official Decriminalization of Cannabis

Facing the same conundrum as police everywhere after the start of a medical market only this time with federal authorization, the head of the German police union has called for recreational use of cannabis to also be decriminalized. On the first Monday of February, the head of the BDK – the Association of German Criminal Officers told The Bild (sort …

Washington Security Breach Delays Traceability System Rollout

On February 8th, Peter Antolin, the deputy director for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), sent an email to licensees explaining why the transition to their new traceability system was disrupted. Last Saturday, someone gained access to the sensitive information in Leaf Data Systems, the state’s traceability software that is powered by MJ Freeway. “A computer vulnerability was …

MGC Pharma Makes Its Slovenian Moves More Final

Right now the map of Europe, from a cannabis cultivation perspective at least, is shaping up to be very much like a game of Risk. Throw the dice, move your armies (or more accurately line up your financing), and apply for federal import and cultivation licenses. In the process, all sorts of interesting strategic plays are popping up. And as …

RJ Palermo Joins Innovative Publishing Company Team

RJ Palermo has joined Innovative Publishing Co. (IPC) as Director of Sales – Events. In this newly created position at IPC, RJ will be managing the business development activities of the company’s food safety medical device and cannabis industries, working on both conference sponsorships and booth sales. RJ will work side by side with Marc Spector, Director of Sales – …