October 30, 2017

Traceability Meltdown in WA – Impact on Product Quality

Product quality has many facets. In Washington, the quality of regulated Cannabis is largely defined by the QA and Potency testing conducted by state-certified labs. The regulated market in WA does not allow direct consumer interaction with product prior to sale.  The pretty packaging can be admired but the product cannot be smelled.  It cannot be tasted.  It cannot be touched.  It cannot be sampled.  The consumer can often, however, get a feel for how the product looks through either a window in it’s packaging or a picture on it’s […]
August 14, 2017

Risk Assessment Methods

Over the past 10 days, I have posted on HI-Blog relating to the recent suspension of the certification of PEAK Analytics to test State-legal Cannabis in Washington. Those posts and subsequent communications have alerted the WSLCB, the public, and industry participants to the exposure risk stemming from the continued availability of PEAK-tested product in Retail Access Points. They also allude to the non-zero risk of morbidity and mortality associated with such exposure. Some of the comments I’ve seen relating to my work regarding PEAK’s inadequacy in testing for “Total Coliforms” […]
August 11, 2017

PEAK Analytics: The LCB Response

Aside from a (likely temporary) license suspension, the LCB appears satisfied with how they are handling the result of PEAK Analytic’s recent audit. They responded to me this morning regarding their position that no recall of PEAK-tested product is necessary. The risk to consumers is something that they either do not recognize or that does not rise to the threshold they view as necessary for action protective of Washington’s consumers of State-legal Cannabis. If find this unfortunate and worrisome. Oh well, at least I tried. Here is the response from […]
August 10, 2017

Consumer Alert: How to best find product properly tested for bad bugs.

“An ignorant consumer is a marketer’s dream” The continued availability of PEAK-tested product to those Washington consumers wishing to acquire their Cannabis from State-legal access points is not an emergency, in my mind. Apparently it is also not an emergency in the collective minds of the LCB and the office of our Governor. I am, however, absolutely sure that it is an issue worthy of not only official oversight, but of consumer awareness. It is an issue of concern and it is an issue worth consideration. This post is in […]