OK: No Labs Licensed to Test Medical Marijuana - but Law Requires Proof of Testing?
As OK thunders forward with the rapid growth of patients and operators, new rules create concerns for bottlenecks, increased costs, and some potential for uncertainty. Imagine being required to test and label a product that has no certified testing facility?
OMMA, Oklahoma's Medical Marijuana Authority, requires very detailed testing and labeling guidelines.
Oklahoma created and began the process of accepting applications for testing labs in November, but as of today still does not have any "OMMA Certified" labs that comply precisely with the new standards.
Owners and operators must ensure products are:
Tested for pesticides,
Additionally, new labeling standards must include:
Serving sizes & multiple servings
Child-resistant and resealable
Nutrition fact labels
Ingredients label adjacent to and right of the info panel
THC sticker: ½” x ½”, red, “not safe for kids or pets”
Edibles – Logo and pictures of products on the outside of the package
“Tested for containments"
Total THC %
Poison Control phone number,
Pregnancy warning. “Women should not use medical marijuana or medical marijuana products during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects or while breastfeeding.”
2 points of contact such as phone, address, website,
"Keep out of reach of children."
Must be readable to the average person.
F.A.S.T. Laboratories offers “full service” testing and has licensing through the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Whether or not this will lead to being OMMA certified is yet to be determined. An “Oklahoma Compliance Package” test costs $360, according to the F.A.S.T. Laboratories website.
Testing consist of 10-pound batches.
That could add up to tens of thousands of tested pounds that can't be resold and will add more costs to be passed on to the patients.
Labeling and testing is an obvious necessity. However, the 10-pound testing batch requirement is not based on any reality. Batches need not be 10 pounds each - they need to be done based on the planting cycle, planting medium and strain types.