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

Author for citation: Shawn E. Douglas

License for content: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Publication date: April 2017


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

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 CDMS
3.5.3 Seed-to-sale

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

4.1 Regulation and market
4.2 Lab testing
4.3 Production
4.4 Big Marijuana
4.5 Non-U.S. policy

5. 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 Publications and blogs
6.2.3 Standards and guidance
6.2.4 Accreditation and certification
6.2.5 Testing
6.3 Scientific conferences and trade shows
6.4 Associations, organizations, and interest groups
6.5 Testing labs and pricing info
6.5.1 Support services
6.6 Testing hardware and supplies vendors
6.7 Software vendors
6.7.1 Cannabis-oriented LIMS
6.7.2 CDMS
6.7.3 Seed-to-sale