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420 with CNW — New Section on Marijuana Potency, Packaging, Labeling to Be Added to Federal Standards Handbook

During the National Conference on Weights and Measures’ annual meeting, a number of marijuana proposals were considered by members. One of these proposals would have developed a policy for the waster activity range for cannabis while a second would have established a uniform definition for marijuana and marijuana-containing products. However, both were rejected by the bicameral conference’s House of Delegates and House of Representatives, after failing to garner at least 27 votes in both chambers.

However, one proposal was approved. That approval would require that a new section on marijuana packaging, labeling, measurement of potency and other issues related to products derived from the plant be included in a federal government handbook on standards for weights and measures.

The approved proposal states that regulators have the authority to create individual marijuana standards to help measure the potency of marijuana products for respective jurisdictions while also establishing standards for labeling and packaging requirements. The measure also empowers state regulators to set acceptable variations in the quantity of THC in hemp or cannabis due to the gain or loss of moisture.

The proposed section will be included in the next edition of the National Institute of Standards and Technology handbook, which is scheduled for release in January 2023. It should be noted that departments that oversee measures and weights in different states aren’t required to integrate the marijuana standardization policies.

In a phone interview, Matthew Curran of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services stated that this wouldn’t impact the state because it would obtain authority from its legislature. Curran, who took part in the conference, explained that the state of Florida was a recreational, or adult-use, state, which meant that these duties and “powers” wouldn’t affect the state.

The language’s incorporation in the federal handbook is more evidence of the cannabis industry’s normalization as it matures and expands in states across America.

Members are now focused on advancing the other failed measures, which they will return to committee in hopes that they may be raised again during the 2023 meeting. Cannabis advocates hope that once the measures are assigned voting status, they may be enacted by July 2023 and included in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s handbook by 2024.

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Standards and Technology continues to develop testing standards via its Office of Weights and Measures and investigate cannabis issues. This comes after it announced in 2020 that it was launching a marijuana testing program to ensure that the products individuals purchased from dispensaries and retailers were labeled accurately.

These standards would go a long way toward addressing the challenges faced by industry actors such as Prime Harvest Inc. when they consider diversifying into different markets and have to navigate a whole new set of labeling, packaging and potency tests.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Prime Harvest Inc. are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/PRIME

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