From his new facility in Los Angeles, which looks more like a science lab than a cannabis company, Patrick Griffith is sharing what insiders agree is one of the marijuana industry’s dirty secrets.
Like most states that came before it, California will require pot products to be tested for purity and potency when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in less than two months. And that's where Griffith’s secret comes in: he says he can get some labs to give him more favorable results. Industry insiders say lab fraud is an ongoing problem in states that already have recreational weed markets, and some warn it’s happening in California as growers and sellers search for testing companies that will give them the most favorable results.
On Thursday, state regulators released the final set of rules governing California’s pot industry. The regulations mandate that labs show they have the proper equipment, expertise and quality controls to accurately test pot products. But labs can’t all come into compliance with those rules overnight, and some in the industry say bad actors will still cheat unless the state comes up with a robust enforcement plan, which regulators say they expect to have finalized by January.
What consumers pay for cannabis is, in part, determined by the percentage of THC in the product. That’s the compound that gets you high. Griffith, the founder of XO Cannabis, sells the potent marijuana extract he produces all over the country. He says many labs are willing to inflate the potency of his product to keep his business. It’s part of the industry that bothers Griffith, but he says he has to play the game to level the playing field against competitors who routinely boast of improbably high THC numbers on their products. He’s speaking out now, hoping California will crack down on bad labs so consumers can have confidence in what they’re buying, and sellers trying to mask an inferior product with inflated numbers won’t be able to compete against companies doing things the right way.
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