When lab testing started to become a standard, several cannabis companies began testing in-house.
There are certain drawbacks to how states have handled legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Of course, advocates are reluctant to admit to this. First of all, it’s not the nightmare situations that anti-cannabis people harped about for numerous years. Sure, it’s more simple for teens to get access to the drug, but it’s also true that legalizing it has seriously reduced the size and impact of the black market marijuana trade. The real problems have more to do with how the markets are regulated and supervised by the state. For example, it takes a ridiculous amount of cash to get a license to grow and sell marijuana in our state, so much so that I can count all of our cannabis producers on my own two hands. This gives them little incentive to compete on quality once they eventually gain access to the market. On top of that, numerous states have bungled the lab testing requirements for cannabis producers. I didn’t even know that several states never required third-party lab testing for marijuana producers, regardless of whether or not it was a medical or recreational cannabis market. When lab testing started to become a standard, several cannabis companies began testing in-house. Obviously there is a great deal of corruption at play with in-home testing, but it didn’t get much better once the third-party lab requirement was created in our state. I learned about dispensaries attempting to shop around at lab tests offering to pay more cash for data showing even higher THC levels and low contaminant counts. One medical cannabis store was completely shut down after getting busted falsifying third-party lab paperwork.