How Potent is Illegal Weed – THC Levels Tested Out at A. 58% B. 31% C. 16% D. 8%?

May 19, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The average THC potency of illegal weed is only 16%, same as legal cannabis says DEA? In the ever-changing landscape of cannabis, a striking revelation has come from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). A recent statement established that the average potency of illicit marijuana flower stands at a industry standard of 16%. Understanding the implications of such a percentage requires a deeper dive into the realm of cannabinoids, particularly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).  The Evolution of THC Potency THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, responsible for… Read more.

Smoking Hemp and Getting High? – Here is Why…Over 90% of Smokable Hemp Products Are Actually Just Weed Says Testing Lab

April 15, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The burgeoning hemp-derived cannabinoid market often faces criticism due to the absence of standardised third-party testing and comprehensive regulation. While many consumers vouch for the efficacy of these products and numerous companies uphold stringent standards, the oversight in the hemp industry pales in comparison to that of the legal cannabis sector. Consequently, consumers using certain hemp-derived products may unknowingly encounter potent psychoactive effects, believing they are solely consuming hemp or CBD. The frequency of THC in goods advertised as hemp is… Read more.

Jamaica Company Exports THC to U.S. for Analytic Testing

February 24, 2024 · High Times

A cannabis company with operations based in Jamaica announced this week that it has successfully exported cannabis-derived THC products to the United States, where they will be tested at a facility licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The company, Pure Jamaican and its GMP-certified, licensed pharma manufacturer Seven-10 Pharmaceuticals, said the shipment marks the first legal export of THC to the United States from Jamaica in a move that elevates the Caribbean island nation’s role in the global cannabis… Read more.

Sure, I Can Drive Stoned Just Fine! – Almost 40% of Gen Z Says Driving High on Cannabis is No Problem?

February 11, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Gen Z'ers Say They Can Drive Stoned Just Fine, Thank You Very Much! Many of Colorado's teenage drivers think they can drive safely while high on marijuana, according to a new poll by the state's Department of Transportation (CDOT). The CDOT research, which was released on Monday, February 5, is based on a survey of 1,000 persons conducted in 2023. It shows that residents in the "Gen-Z" cohort, which includes those between the ages of 16 and 24, are more likely… Read more.

Buy! Sell! Puff, Puff, Pass! – Wall Street Drops Drug Testing for Cannabis, What It Could Mean for Your 401k

February 9, 2024 ·

Major Wall Street banks are forgoing drug testing for applicants, including marijuana, in a significant shift from customary standards. This trend mirrors wider shifts in legal and cultural views, as well as the rising acceptance of cannabis use in professional groups. The following lists the modifications that major financial institutions are implementing, as reported by Business Insider: Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC): No longer conducts drug testing for new hires or current employees. Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C): Employment does not… Read more.

Drug Testing Access at Australian Festivals May Have Prevented Past Deaths

February 5, 2024 · High Times

It’s already fairly well known that music festivals tend to come with plenty of illicit drug use. The activity is so common at festivals, and in dance scenes as a whole, that organizers and attendees alike are becoming increasingly more equipped to combat potential overdoses through a variety of measures. A new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy underscores the impact of these harm reduction strategies and consciously incorporating them into events, looking at the amount of drug-related deaths… Read more.

Maryland Police Chief Says Rule Against Cannabis Use Is Bad for Recruiting

January 18, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said that a state rule requiring law enforcement recruits to have abstained from cannabis use for at least three years before they can be hired hurts the state’s police recruitment opportunities, according to a News4 report. Chief Jones, who is also the head of the Fraternal Order of Police and a Montgomery County Council Member, asked the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission in a letter last year to revise the regulations. Montgomery County Assistant Chief Administrative… Read more.

Department of Defense To Track Military Overdoses, Provide NARCAN

January 15, 2024 · High Times

As per a new law, the Department of Defense will begin tracking overdoses within the United States military in 2024 and begin to provide naloxone to service members beginning in 2025.  Military overdose deaths have historically not been systematically tracked until the release of a report by Rolling Stone in 2022 detailing the steep rise in overdose deaths at Fort Bragg, which has since been renamed to Fort Liberty. The report detailed the shocking increase in deaths from fentanyl, counterfeit prescription pills… Read more.

Most California Labs Barred from Testing Flower

January 11, 2024 · MG Magazine

Only eighteen of California’s thirty eight licensed testing labs are in compliance with the state’s new standardized cannabinoids testing guidelines, which are designed to combat potency inflation. Until they demonstrate compliance with the new guidelines, the other twenty licensed labs will not be permitted to test flower. Operators in California are more than familiar with the widespread problem of lab shopping, wherein growers pit competing labs against one another in search of the highest THC results. The practice encourages labs to… Read more.

Two-thirds of California cannabis labs can’t test flower after rule change

January 9, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Fewer than one-third of California’s 37 licensed cannabis testing laboratories began the new year permitted to test marijuana flower and non-infused pre-rolls, state regulators told MJBizDaily. That’s because only 12 labs are currently compliant with a recent state law imposing standardized methods to test for THC potency, according to the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). Any labs that tested flower while not in compliance could face consequences, an agency spokesperson said. Observers are hopeful that a standardized method for determining… Read more.

New Year Brings Employment Protections for California Cannabis Users

December 28, 2023 · High Times

California workers who use cannabis will gain new employment protections under two laws that go into effect beginning on January 1. Under legislation passed by the California legislature last year, employers will be barred from discriminating against workers who test positive for cannabis in some drug screenings, while a separate measure passed in 2023 prohibits employers from asking employees or job candidates about their off-duty use of marijuana. Under Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188), which was signed into law by… Read more.

Long Beach, California Tackles Stoned Driving with Safety Program

December 19, 2023 · High Times

Long Beach, California is developing ways to teach local residents how to responsibly consume cannabis without getting behind the wheel. Given that cannabis sales in Long Beach contributed more tax revenue in 2022 than oil, it’s a big facet of the city and leaders hope to keep cannabis use safer.  The City of Long Beach announced that its Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a $285,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to… Read more.

Marijuana lab-testing analysis finds routine THC inflation, data manipulation

November 28, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The THC potency of marijuana flower sold in legal stores in four states is routinely and systematically inflated, sometimes by as much as 25% or more, according to an independent analysis of licensed cannabis testing-laboratory data obtained by MJBizDaily. But perhaps even more troublingly, the analysis – conducted by Yasha Kahn of MCR Labs, a state-licensed cannabis testing laboratory in Massachusetts – also found evidence of data manipulation in lab testing for yeast and mold. The analysis suggests tainted products that… Read more.

Minnesota Launches Pilot Program for Roadside Saliva Drug Tests

November 28, 2023 · High Times

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) announced its pilot project to launch a cannabis saliva test for determining impairment in drivers. According to OTS Director Mike Hanson, the test is being designed to determine recent impairment. “We’re not looking to find somebody who used 10 days or 14 days ago. We’re looking for somebody who used within the last couple of hours,” Hanson explained. The saliva test would screen for a total of six substances, such as cannabis and opioids,… Read more.

New York Officials Advise Drug Treatment Providers To Stop Testing Patients For Marijuana In Most Cases

November 15, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

New state guidance for addiction services and treatment programs in New York advises against routine screening for marijuana use, an approach designed to parallel that used for alcohol. Some clinicians see the change, which is being implemented following the state’s legalization of cannabis, as a step away from an abstinence-only view of recovery and toward a more flexible approach aimed at minimizing harm. “With the legalization of adult-use cannabis in NYS, testing for the metabolite of THC routinely is not… Read more.

USDA Reminds Workers To Avoid Marijuana And CBD Amid ‘Uptick’ In Positive THC Tests And ‘Confusion’ Over State Reform Movement

November 14, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety workers are being encouraged to exercise caution and avoid cannabis products, including federally legal CBD, as the agency observes an “uptick” in positive THC tests amid “confusion” as more states enact legalization. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) put out a notice last last month reminding employees that they’re “required to follow all Federal laws regarding the use of illegal drugs, including cannabis, also commonly known as marijuana.” “Over the last decade,… Read more.

The End of Cannabis Drug Testing? – Even Drug Test Kit Makers Are Dropping Weed Testing and Prioritizing Fentanyl Instead

A leading supplier of drug testing kits recently revealed an updated screening panel that excludes cannabis testing and places a greater emphasis on fentanyl detection. Psychemedics, a company based in Massachusetts known for manufacturing the first commercially viable hair drug test in 1986, announced on Friday the launch of a new five-panel drug screen. They aim to shift the focus away from marijuana testing and towards addressing the growing threat of fentanyl. This change comes in response to the evolving legal landscape concerning cannabis… Read more.

Alaska Airlines Seeks To Reverse Order Reinstating Worker Fired For Positive Marijuana Test With New Federal Lawsuit

October 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Alaska Airlines is suing a mechanics union in federal court over a recent arbitration decision that reversed the 2022 firing of a technician who tested positive for THC. The company alleges the arbitration board that rendered the decision earlier this month “acted in excess of its authority by dispensing its own brand of industrial justice.” The five-page complaint, filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, says the board reinstated the worker, Gregory Chappell, “based on… Read more.

Alaska Airlines Worker Fired Over Positive Marijuana Test Will Be Reinstated Under Arbitration Panel Decision

October 16, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An Alaska Airlines technician in Washington State who was fired over a positive marijuana test had his termination reversed earlier this month after formally challenging the decision, insisting he did not knowingly use cannabis and was unaware of how THC would have gotten into his system. The worker, whose name was redacted from an arbitration decision provided by a lawyer for his union, was given a random drug test in July, 2022. The level of THC metabolites came back above… Read more.

Michigan Drug Testing for Pot Ends for Most Government Employees

October 4, 2023 · High Times

Most government jobs in Michigan will stop drug testing prospective employees for cannabis, per a rule change that took effect Sunday. The changes also provide people who’ve already been denied jobs over positive THC drug tests an opportunity to get the sanctions retroactively rescinded. The rule change was first proposed to the Michigan Civil Service Commission by John Gnodtke, State Personnel Director, on May 12. At a July 12 meeting, the Michigan Civil Service Commission approved the proposed new changes… Read more.

D.C. Medical Marijuana Patients Could Submit Cannabis Products For Lab Testing Under Bill Sent To Mayor

October 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Washington, D.C. medical marijuana patients could submit products directly to labs for testing—and regulators would be able to issue temporary cannabis patient registrations to non-residents that last for up to a year—under a bill that was recently sent to the mayor’s desk. The legislation, sponsored by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D), would additionally expand who could qualify as social equity cannabis license applicants. It was sent to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) late last month, and… Read more.

California Governor Signs Bills To Let Doctors Prescribe Psilocybin And MDMA If They’re Federally Rescheduled And To Change Marijuana Testing Rules

October 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill that would allow doctors to immediately start prescribing certain currently illicit drugs like psilocybin and MDMA if they’re federally rescheduled, and he also approved separate legislation to amend THC variance testing requirements for marijuana. The governor signed off on the measures—which are just two of more than a dozen cannabis and drug policy reform proposals on his desk—on Saturday. AB 1021, sponsored by Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (D), Isaac Bryan (D) and Corey… Read more.

Florida Sheriff’s Office Stops Using Cocaine Test Kit Due to Concerns of False Positive Results

October 2, 2023 · High Times

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has stopped using a particular brand of cocaine field testing kits after more than a decade due to an investigation by one of their detectives which revealed the kits potentially give false positive results. According to local news outlets in the area, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a notice to all officers to immediately stop using the test kits after a detective learned that multiple over-the-counter medications caused the kits to show a positive reading for cocaine. JSO… Read more.

Michigan Removes Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing For Most Government Employees

October 2, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The era of pre-employment marijuana screenings for most would-be state workers in Michigan officially came to a close on Sunday as a code change approved in July took effect. The change is the result of an amendment unanimously approved in July by the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which also gives people who’ve already been penalized over positive THC tests an opportunity to have the sanction retroactively rescinded. Commission Chair Jase Bolger said at the time that the intention is to treat cannabis… Read more.

Yes, You Can Now Sell Moldy Weed to Consumers in Oregon – PS, Aspergillus Doesn’t Really Count

September 26, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has approved the sale and transfer of marijuana products that previously tested positive for Aspergillus, a mold variety that has prompted product recalls in various markets. This regulatory decision now enables the release of 2,500 pounds of cannabis and 65,000 infused pre-roll units, initially withheld due to mold concerns, for distribution through licensed channels, as detailed in a news release. In May, the Oregon Health Authority implemented fresh regulations for cannabis producers, enforcing a… Read more.

Is All Weed Tainted? – Over 90% of Black Market Weed Tests Positive for Pesticides While Legal Weed Cheats on Lab Results

September 10, 2023 · Cannabis.net

You may remember an article posted on Cannabis.net called, "Legal Cannabis is More Expensive But It is Lab-Tested and Safe, NOT!", where Colorado has seen a large amount of attempted cheating and work-arounds for cannabis samples to get approved as safe from their cannabis testing lab reports.  The premise highlights how everyone, including legal weed growers that have to have products tested, are trying to juice their already thin profits by using pesticides and other banned substances to ehance grow results. Is… Read more.

The End of Lab Shopping for the Highest THC Test Results? – Missouri to Require Labs Verify Each Other’s Results

August 30, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In the cannabis industry, there is a strong focus on producing highly potent products, leading to intense competition among producers. This presents a challenge for marijuana testing laboratories responsible for assessing the potency of these products. This issue has mainly emerged in regions like California and other states where cannabis is legalized. Josh Swider, the CEO of Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs, highlights this problem and suggests that Missouri should take note. In 2020, Swider started receiving requests from cannabis producers who wanted a guaranteed… Read more.