New Jackson lab aims to provide quality cannabis testing

New Jackson lab aims to provide quality cannabis testing

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David Egerton, and his team of experts at Infinite Chemical Analysis in Jackson are using science to make sure cannabis products are safe to consume.

 

“In Michigan there are fairly robust regulations for the sale of cannabis. There is almost 60 pesticides that we are looking for that are commonly used within the cannabis industry,” said Lab Director at Infinite Cal, David Egerton.

The team also tests vaping products, a recent controversial topic here in Michigan.  A new study from the company showed that nearly 80% of illicit cannabis vapes were deemed unfit for consumption.

“The vitamin E acetate problem was mostly confined to the illegal industry. It just really goes to show how much good regulation can prevent a lot of these problems before people even know about them ,” said Egerton.

 

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Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs Brings Proven Cannabis Testing Expertise to Michigan Market

Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs Brings Proven Cannabis Testing Expertise to Michigan Market

Leading San Diego, California, Cannabis Analytical Testing Lab Opens Second U.S. Location

San Diego, Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE —

Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs (“InfiniteCAL” or “the Company”), a full-service analytical testing lab for the cannabis and hemp industries, announced today that the Company opened its cannabis analysis lab in the expanding market of Michigan, marking its second location in the U.S. The lab will begin testing cannabis products immediately, and is approved to service both the state’s medical and recreational markets. InfiniteCAL’s newest analytical testing lab will be located at 4400 Ann Arbor Road, in Jackson, Mich.

Founded by two PhD chemists Josh Swider and Dave Marelius, InfiniteCAL aims to set the standard for quality cannabis testing nationwide. Drawing from the Company’s proven success in the California market, Michigan cannabis businesses can trust that InfiniteCAL utilizes top-of-the-line instruments and offers a faster turnaround time for testing results than currently available in the state of Michigan.

“Expanding on the success we have experienced at our founding facility in San Diego has been a long-time vision of mine and bringing this new lab online is such an honor and exciting milestone for our company,” said Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs CEO Joshua Swider. “While these are very difficult times for many Americans, we have been working diligently for over a year to open this new lab in the rapid-growth market of Michigan. With many cannabis businesses being deemed essential, and medicinal users still needing their medicine, we have moved forward with this opening and are proud to be a part of the important movement in Michigan. I would like to thank our dedicated team in the state who have fought through hard times to make this dream a reality.”

Michigan’s 2020 adult-use sales will total between $400 million and $475 million, growing to $1.9 billion-$2.4 billion by 2024, according to The Marijuana Business Factbook. InfiniteCAL is positioned to become a leader in this burgeoning market with its exceptional team of seasoned industry professionals, including PhD chemists and biologists.

For more information about Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs in Michigan, visit https://infinitecalmi.com/

About Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs
Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs offers a wide range of quality assurance analyses in addition to state compliance testing to uphold brands to the highest standards for premium products. InfiniteCAL believes the purpose of quality assurance and compliance testing is for public safety. The Company holds scientific integrity above anything else and delivers consistent and factual results for all clients.

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USDA reopens comment period on hemp regulations as lawmakers, growers worry rules could stunt budding industry

USDA reopens comment period on hemp regulations as lawmakers, growers worry rules could stunt budding industry

The new comment period is open until Oct. 8

By Tyler Olson | September 9, 2020

The future of regulations on the hemp industry is up in the air as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reconsiders a slate of proposed rules ahead of the 2021 growing season.

These include directives on the testing and disposal of hemp that growers and even some U.S. senators have said could stunt the growth of the industry that was created by the 2018 Farm Bill.

On Sept. 4 the USDA announced that it would reopen the comment period for the interim final rule (IFR) on domestic hemp production, seeking input from the public on a variety of provisions. At the center of the issue are two regulations — one that requires labs testing farmers’ hemp to be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and one that would require disposal of hemp plants with non-compliant levels of THC (the active chemical in marijuana that is found in much lower levels in hemp) to happen with law enforcement involved.

Both of those rules had their implementation delayed until October 2021 earlier this year, but still have been the subject of criticism, including from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who wants the USDA to delay the implementation further into 2022.

Mickey Wilbanks, the California Department of Food and Agriculture account manager with InfiniteCal, one of the largest cannabis testing labs in the state — which tests both hemp and marijuana — echoed similar concerns about the involvement of law enforcement in both the testing of hemp and the destruction of plants that do test hot.

“I know a lot of registered growers in California and they’re all trying to follow these regulations to a tee,” she said. “The fact that regulators now want to involve the DEA so much, it’s almost like they’re treating these registrants as criminals when hemp has been federally legalized and it’s just not necessary.”

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Cannabis Testing Regulations Are Outdated. Here’s How To Fix Them.

Cannabis Testing Regulations Are Outdated. Here’s How To Fix Them.

Start by understanding what works and what doesn’t work.

 By Josh Swider | September 4, 2020

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The cannabis industry has a testing problem — and it may not be going away anytime soon. Why? Inexperienced technicians, unscrupulous labs, outdated testing regulations, and inferior testing equipment all factor into the inconsistencies and false results that plague the business.

But there is some hope. By taking action now to fix issues in cannabis testing, we can ensure consistent testing results, guarantee the integrity of products on dispensary shelves, and, ultimately, protect cannabis consumers’ health. This includes creating reasonable and effective action levels for contaminants like pesticides in cannabis products.

How we got into this mess

When medical marijuana burst into California in the late ’90s, the government did not hold businesses to the same testing and manufacturing standards as more established industries like foods and supplements. As entrepreneurs flocked to the rapidly growing cannabis market, their businesses ran the spectrum from professional manufacturing facilities to home kitchens and garage operations. This lack of quality control created a minefield of safety concerns for cannabis consumers.

After more than a decade of no regulatory oversight, California’s legal cannabis industry suddenly found itself subject to restrictions put in place to protect consumers. Among these additions was mandated cannabis lab testing that examined both cannabinoid content and residual contaminants like pesticides and solvents.

Soon testing labs began popping up in markets throughout California to meet the significant demand created by legalization. Some of these were existing labs staffed by exceptional technicians who were unfortunately hindered by never working with cannabis before. But others were simply savvy players who saw a cash cow and took advantage of the opportunity, even if it meant cutting corners to increase profits.

State regulators oversee the cannabis market, including testing labs. Still, a report released by the California Department of Finance revealed that, among other difficulties, “the current status and location of personnel is not sustainable to provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities throughout California.” This is directly due to funding issues and difficulties in hiring and training staff.

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House Votes To Block Federal Interference Of Legal Cannabis

House Votes To Block Federal Interference Of Legal Cannabis

The House of Representatives is defending state and tribal-legal cannabis industries.

 By A.J. Herrington | July 31, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to a defense spending bill that prohibits the federal government from spending money on investigating and prosecuting cannabis activities that are legal under state or tribal law. The wide-ranging amendment, proposed by Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is similar to spending restrictions placed on federal agencies to protect legal cannabis that have been passed each year since 2014.

Josh Swider, the CEO of Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs in California, explained how seizures of cannabis samples at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint (which is actually about 20 miles from the border with Mexico) have negatively impacted his business.

“For the past few months, we’ve had to halt business in Imperial County due to tensions between state and federal regulations,” Swider said. “With the inability to transport legal cannabis samples across state highway checkpoints, our clients in this region were unable to have their products analyzed for consumer safety required to get their products to market.”

“The passing of this measure would be a huge step in the federal government recognizing cannabis as a legal business and would allow licensed cannabis operators in federally-restricted regions, like Imperial Valley, the opportunity to flourish in this industry,” he added.

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Businesses Say Border Patrol Is Seizing Legal Cannabis Between San Diego, Imperial

Businesses Say Border Patrol Is Seizing Legal Cannabis Between San Diego, Imperial

Growers and distributors in Imperial County and San Diego often have to go through Border Patrol checkpoints en route to testing facilities or markets. Sometimes, they say, Border Patrol will let them through. But other times, those agents confiscate products.

 By Jesse Marx and Maya Srikrishnan | June 29, 2020

Legal cannabis and hemp business owners say that Border Patrol checkpoints between Imperial and San Diego counties are costing them millions.

Growers and distributors in Imperial County and other parts of Southern California often have to go through Border Patrol checkpoints en route to testing facilities or to bring them to markets farther west. Sometimes, they say, Border Patrol will let them through, checking their state license without problem. But other times, those agents confiscate products and cash.

“It’s been affecting us negatively,” said Angel Fernandez, director of Movocan Inc., which operates a dispensary in Imperial County and has a distribution permit. “We have missed on a lot of revenue because it’s uncertain that our cannabis product will make it out of the county.”

It is the inevitable consequence of different governments treating the same substance in two completely different ways. California voters legalized medical cannabis in the ‘90s and for recreational purposes in 2016, but the federal government continues to prohibit it and treat it like a schedule one narcotic.

Even as cities in Imperial County open to more cannabis businesses, some investors have balked at the opportunity. Others have begun to petition law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels with the hope that they might work out a more practical system to let the legal cannabis trade continue between San Diego and Imperial counties without the constant risk of one’s product and cash getting seized.

But even if the cannabis industry does see some additional leeway on the ground, others don’t think the issue will ever fully be resolved until federal law changes.

Though the stops have been happening for years, people who work in the legal industry started seeing an uptick in late 2019.

In November, Border Patrol confiscated 10.36 pounds of cannabis, amounting to roughly $35,000 in retail value, Fernandez said. He spent days trying to get his product back.

“There was no way, no documents I could file,” he said.

Fernandez said he estimates that the uncertainty the Border Patrol checkpoints have caused him a total loss of between $3 and $4 million. On top of the loss of products during seizures, many distributors have stopped coming to the area because of interactions with Border Patrol.

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