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Marijuana Edibles Required To Undergo Potency Testing

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DENVER (CBS4)- The makers of marijuana edibles are required to undergo potency testing starting May 1.

A sample from each product batch is required to undergo potency testing at a testing facility which then puts those results into an inventory tracking system.

EdiPure is a marijuana edible making company. They say they’ve been testing their marijuana-infused products for years. Now that it’s mandatory they believe the test results are concerning.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“It’s really a voodoo science,” said EdiPure spokesman Dan Anglin.

Anglin uses as an example test results from the same product that was sent to three separate laboratories. Each result was vastly different about how much THC was inside the same product– up to 37 percent off.

“Our question is which one are we supposed to choose since the test results are so dramatically different,” said Anglin. “We don’t feel right now the industry can have the confidence in these numbers to print on their products because consumers will read and have the expectations that that’s what’s in there.”

Industry insiders say different labs have different testing and reporting methods. That can change the test results.

The state’s marijuana enforcement division is looking for products with THC levels higher than what the law allows.

Edible testing lab (credit: CBS)

Edible testing lab (credit: CBS)

“Anything above 100 milligrams in a package is something that is far more of a concern to us… so that is where we are focusing our attention as these test results start to come in,” said Director of Marijuana Enforcement Division W. Lewis Koski.

Anglin and other edible makers are concerned the industry doesn’t have a standard, a baseline, for testing and results.

“There’s a missing component. It’s as if one of the gears of an engine is missing and we are supposed to halt production and do this mandatory testing that we consider a voodoo science,” said Anglin.

The State of Colorado is only testing the potency of THC in edibles. There is no mandatory testing for pesticides or contaminates like salmonella and e.Coli which the labs say they are seeing in products.

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