New guidelines force 20 of California’s 38 labs to cease testing flower and pre-rolls
Twenty of California’s licensed cannabis labs are no longer allowed to test cannabis flower after the Department of Cannabis Control issued new guidelines in an effort to combat labeling scams in the state industry.
Only 18 of the 38 labs in the state have met the new requirements in place at the time of this writing, according to the department’s website.
The new guidelines for testing flower and non-infused pre-rolls were issued to standardized testing methods and provide consumers with more consistent and accurate labeling information.
While there was a significant drop in the number of compliant labs when the guidelines went into effect at the beginning of the year, the department has been slowly adding labs back as labs provide the department with proof of compliance.
A spokesperson for the department told KTLA that no delays are expected due to the new guidelines.
“The Department has not been informed of any significant product delays, but there could be a slight delay in some products reaching dispensaries in the near term. To help prevent this from happening, the Department DCC has been prioritizing re-sampling requests from distributors who had samples with labs that cannot currently conduct flower and non-infused pre-roll testing.
“Four laboratories had their testing methods verified by the department last week and we expect to verify the testing methods of additional licensed laboratories in the near future.”