Colorado MED Launches Random Testing Program

Colorado MED Launches Random Testing Program

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On Dec. 28, 2016, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division issued an industry-wide bulletin, announcing the roll-out of its random testing program for licensed marijuana businesses.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes, “The state licensing authority shall determine the protocols and frequency of marijuana testing by licensees.” The Marijuana Enforcement Division also has the authority to collect test batch samples for potency and contaminant testing, “regardless of whether its process has been validated and without notice.”

Launching this week, the MED will select licensed establishments to submit random testing samples, with MED putting each establishment’s tested harvest or production batch on hold in METRC, the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, until a licensed testing facility has entered a sample’s passing test result into METRC.

Licensed establishments selected to participate in the random testing program have to use METRC to submit test batch samples to licensed testing facilities certified in the requested tests.

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