Research Mentor(s): Daniel Kruger, Research Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Institute for Social Research,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 1 (10am-10:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 14
As an increasing number of states in the USA legalize medical and recreational cannabis (i.e., marijuana) use, testing of cannabis products (for potency, contaminants, etc.) should be a priority to ensure safe cannabis use by consumers. The present study compiled the testing requirements for cannabis products from the 29 states that currently have legalized medical or recreational cannabis. Results found that the testing requirements for cannabis products varied considerably by state. In order to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of retail cannabis, policy makers should develop a universal and comprehensive framework for testing requirements. The standardization of cannabis testing requirements would promote safer use for medical and recreational cannabis consumers.