LII:Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States

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Title: Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States

Edition: Second edition

Author for citation: Shawn E. Douglas

License for content: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Publication date: December 2018

This guide provides an in-depth discussion of the ever-changing status of laboratory testing and regulation of the cannabis plant in the United States. This guide includes history, regulations, and standards as well as the chemical properties of cannabis and the laboratory methods used to define them. Additionally, the guide examines the equipment, software, and reporting of testing labs; provides future-looking trends and guidance both nationally and internationally; and offers a full directory of resources associated with cannabis testing and legislation.

The table of contents for Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States is as follows:

1. Overview of the cannabis industry in the United States

1.1 Brief history of cannabis in the U.S.
1.2 Medical and recreational use
1.3 Cultivation and distribution
1.4 Testing and research
1.5 Other areas of concern
1.5.1 Banking
1.5.2 Advertising
1.5.3 Data management

2. Regulation and standardization

2.1 Federal regulation of cannabis
2.2 State and local regulation
2.3 Standardization

3. Laboratory testing of cannabis

3.1 Analytical aspects of cannabis
3.1.1 Cannabinoids
3.1.2 Terpenes
3.1.3 Contaminates
3.2 Methods and guidelines
3.2.1 Sampling
3.2.2 Cannabinoid testing
3.2.3 Terpene testing
3.2.4 Contaminate testing
3.3 Reports
3.4 Lab equipment
3.5 Software
3.5.1 LIMS
3.5.2 CDS
3.5.3 Seed-to-sale

4. Cannabis testing instruments, software, and equipment

4.1 908 Devices, Inc.
4.2 AB Sciex Pte. Ltd.
4.3 Agilent Technologies, Inc.
4.4 Alpha-CAT Lab s.r.o.
4.5 BÜCHI Labortechnik AG
4.6 CEM Corporation
4.7 Emerald Scientific, LLC
4.8 Fritsch GmbH
4.9 GemmaCert Ltd.
4.10 GenTech Scientific, Inc.
4.11 LGC Limited
4.12 Marshall Scientific, LLC
4.13 Microbiologics, Inc.
4.14 Neutec Group, Inc.
4.15 Orange Photonics, Inc.
4.16 Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd.
4.17 PerkinElmer, Inc.
4.18 Quantum Analytics, LLC
4.19 Restek Corporation
4.20 Sage Analytics
4.21 Scientific Repair, Inc.
4.22 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
4.23 Sigma-Aldritch, Inc. / MilliporeSigma, Inc.
4.24 SPEX CertiPrep, Inc.
4.25 Thermo Fisher Scientific
4.26 VICAM
4.27 Waters Corporation
4.28 Willow Industries, LLC

5. Future of cannabis regulation, testing, and market trends

5.1 Regulation and market
5.2 Lab testing
5.3 Production
5.3.1 Safety
5.4 Big Marijuana
5.5 Non-U.S. policy

6. Final thoughts and resources

5.1 Final thoughts
6.1 Key reading
6.2 Reference material
6.2.1 Law and regulation
6.2.2 Standards and guidance
6.2.3 Accreditation and certification
6.2.4 Testing
6.3 Publications and blogs
6.4 Education and training
6.5 Scientific conferences and trade shows
6.6 Associations, organizations, and interest groups
6.7 Consultancy and support services
6.8 Licensed cultivators
6.9 Testing labs and pricing info