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International Organization to Develop Cannabis Industry Standards

ASTM International, a global group with more than a century of experience in voluntary guidelines, is going to develop cannabis industry standards.

As the marijuana industry is rapidly growing, the development of regulating standards is highly important. ASTM has already created more than 12,000 standards in various areas that are used around the world. Their standards are internationally acclaimed as those that enhance performance and improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.

On Tuesday, the organization created a volunteer committee aimed to help in the development of cannabis industry standards related to security, cultivation, labeling, handling, and personnel training.

The ASTM committee on marijuana was formed through the voting of the representatives of various fields, including the weed industry. It gathered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, where the organization's headquarters are located.

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The committee members think that voluntary standards for the cannabis industry will create a strong ethical background. If the ASTM board of directors approved the new committee, the industry representatives would work on the standards in the following technical areas:

  • Cannabis cultivation indoors and outdoors
  • Weed processing and handling
  • Staff training, assessment, and certification
  • Quality management systems
  • Product packaging and labeling
  • Laboratory testing
  • Security and transportation

Currently, the states that have legalized marijuana use different standards for the local cannabis industry, and they are sometimes contradictory.

For instance, Colorado has the most robust standards for weed edibles, while the requirements for quality testing require more control over pesticides. Oregon has already implemented strict regulations of pesticide use and obliged dispensaries to check products for four types of pesticides.

As for packaging, Colorado has created a special symbol for marking weed products, but the state does not require an allergy warning for cannabis edibles. At the same time, California has obliged the producers of edibles to include a warning if their products contain allergens. Oregon also requires the packaging of edible products to include information about the estimated time of product activation.

Thus, ASTM wants to harmonize those guidelines and combine the best practices of the cannabis industry into one efficient set of regulations.

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