Firm additionally seeks nod from Drug Enforcement Company
Aurum Labs, a hashish testing facility in Durango, acquired a brand new certification by means of the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting to conduct hemp compliance testing for manufactured industrial hemp merchandise.
Not too long ago, CDPHE added new compliance measures to its hemp testing certification. Aurum Labs was one of many first two hashish testing services within the state to return into compliance with the brand new laws.
“This certification is a part of a brand new set of laws that had been put out by CDPHE earlier this yr, that basically positioned formal laws on the ultimate product of commercial hemp merchandise made in Colorado,” stated Luke Mason, lab director and proprietor of Aurum Labs.
Aurum has been a marijuana testing facility since 2014, and has legally examined hemp merchandise underneath its marijuana testing certification from CDPHE.
“These are new laws which have their very own distinctive laboratory necessities and certification program,” Mason stated. “For essentially the most half, it’s similar to what we’ve to do for our marijuana certification.”
Earlier than the separate certification for hemp merchandise, all ultimate product testing for industrial hemp merchandise was voluntary.
“There was plenty of client stress from CBD shoppers to have ultimate merchandise examined,” Mason stated. “There was already a excessive diploma of voluntary testing of ultimate merchandise to start with, however now that it’s mandated if a product hits the cabinets you may guess that it’s handed a sure standards of check.”
For the reason that federal authorities legalized the manufacturing of hemp within the 2018 Farm Invoice, Aurum Labs has been within the means of certifying its testing facility with the Drug Enforcement Company to check industrial hemp merchandise on a federal stage.
“I by no means in my life thought I might be begging the DEA to return examine my marijuana testing facility,” Mason stated.
Mason went by means of the entire paperwork to have the DEA come and examine his laboratory, however was suggested by the federal government company to not undergo with inspection on the time.
“We had been all arrange for an inspection, and the sphere agent referred to as me the day earlier than, and stated ‘Hey, I feel we must always postpone this as a result of I do suppose I could make it down to examine, however you’ll be leaving in handcuffs,’” Mason stated.
Being a marijuana testing facility, Mason has plenty of marijuana at his labs that’s authorized by state requirements however not federal requirements.
“We’re completely in compliance with state legal guidelines,” he stated. “The safety protocols and necessities that the Marijuana Enforcement Division locations on us are practically much like what DEA needs,” Mason stated. “On the finish of the day, it’s a hen or the egg state of affairs. If they arrive right here, we’re going to have plenty of delta 9 THC, a managed substance, that we didn’t ask them permission for.”
Now, after years of backwards and forwards, Mason believes he and the DEA have labored out all of the kinks, and Aurum Labs will doubtless be permitted by the DEA for industrial hemp testing quickly.
“We’re mainly ready on some big steel storage lockers. … As quickly as we get these lockers put in, and embody images in our utility, our utility might be despatched off to Washington,” Mason stated. “The Denver DEA workplace has instructed me they haven’t any ensures that this might be permitted, but it surely appears good on their finish.”