All marijuana products sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory.

Right now, there are 800 growers in Oklahoma, and 10 new state-licensed laboratory’s.

The new law takes effect on April 1 and requires all medical marijuana to be tested under new state guidelines.

All marijuana products sold by a grower or processor will be required to be tested by an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) licensed laboratory.

Right now, there are 800 growers in Oklahoma, and 10 new state-licensed laboratory’s.

There are concerns the new process could be slow, but many dispensaries and growers already met or are near the new state standard.

Director of operations, Jace Rivera, at Green Prairie Farms, said this is good for patients.

“It’s important to make sure everything is tested and grown as clean possible so no matter what regulations will be put in place..our end product will never have residue fertilizers..or pesticides that could be traced back,” said Rivera.

He said while his grow facility is up to guidelines, there’s a lot of questions about the new testing process.

“At this time we have 120 varieties going through so with each one of those at minimum getting a test per the batching amounts that are allowed it can be quite expensive,” said Rivera.

And on the dispensary side, HempRX has always tested its product but its lab was just recently licensed through the state.

So, its question is if they will need to re-test older products.

“That’s a big chunk of money to bite, and these products aren’t cheap..and it’s not cheap to get them to the patient,” said Lauren Millers, Owner of HempRx.

Either way, both said the focus is on the patient and making sure their needs are met as this industry continues to transform and grow.

Read Article on www.ktul.com | by Haley Hughey, KTUL Staff | Monday, February 17th 2020