Capitol Analysis, is forming a cannabis lab PAC to lobby for targeted regulations by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and raise awareness through a public relations campaign. The group will encourage as much self-regulation as possible, establish a new third-party auditing process while continuing to publicize data-driven reports to promote transparency within the industry as part of its recently launched Lab Transparency Project.
Jeff Doughty, CEO of Capitol Analysis, said, “We are pleased to be forming this PAC to establish more stringent cannabis testing analysis standards. Given the limitations of the current testing environment in Washington state, we realized we had to take matters into our own hands. Together our goal is to improve the industry to the benefit of producer-processors, retailers, labs and consumers alike.”
The group hopes to expand the PAC to include other trustworthy labs in the future, and is in the process of establishing a rigorous application process for other labs interested in joining.
The action comes in response to a new report issued by Straight Line Analytics, using data provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, which points to ongoing inconsistencies and likely foul play across labs testing cannabis in Washington State.
The report indicates that some producer/processors have participated in “lab-shopping” – a process in which companies send samples to several labs in search of the most favorable results, namely high potency and/or low quality assurance fail rates. The report shows that businesses that pay for the highest number of lab tests achieve, on average, reported potency levels 2.71% higher than do those that pay for the lowest number of lab tests. The new report shows that in return, labs that provide the highest total cannabinoid results to certain producer/processors tend to gain the most market share.
For more information visit this page on Capitol Analysis’ website.
About Capitol Analysis
Capitol Analysis, based in Lacey, Washington, provides recreational cannabis testing, including I-502, potency, cannabinoids, microbial, foreign matter, moisture analysis, and more. Capitol Analysis’ staff is comprised of physicists, chemists, microbiologists, and doctors. The company’s goal is to provide accurate numbers to the cannabis industry through proper application of scientific rigor at an affordable price. www.capitolanalysis.com