Why Marijuana Testing is Important

Any informed patient knows that getting their medicine tested is important. People who are new medical marijuana patients may be unfamiliar with the importance and procedure of marijuana testing.

Some things to consider:

  • Do you want to risk smoking marijuana full of mold and pesticides?
  • Do you want to go by someone else’s opinion of a strain instead of an objective cannabinoid analysis?
  • Do you want to know whether a strain is truly indoor, outdoor, or organic?

Tested marijuana provides the answers!

  • Testing companies test for THC, CBD, and CBN percentages, giving an objective analysis on how potent a particular strain is
  • They make sure no mold or pesticides are in the buds and promptly inform collectives when any mold or pesticides are found in testing
  • They typically will send either cards or print-outs of the test results so collectives can show patients a physical copy of how each strain tested

Testing is the only scientific way to ensure your medicine is potent and safe. California Alternative Caregivers has all of its medicine tested by BudGenius laboratories.

New Marijuana Regulations

The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act passed this last Friday. These are the most important details for patients and growers:

  • All growers must be licensed, which involves an application process that involves background checks as well as application fees.
  • The production and testing of edibles will be handled by the state health department.
  • Limits grow space.
  • Allows city, county or both to ban cultivation, storage, manufacture, and transport, although this is nothing new–cities and counties are already allowed to ban such activities.
  • Delivery services are now allowed in cities and counties that approve them. Los Angeles does NOT allow delivery services.
  • Organic certification will be available to marijuana growers starting at the beginning of 2016.

There is a misconception that this act limits you to your primary care physician when it comes to your marijuana recommendation. This is not true–the act simply repeats verbage already in Prop 215. You will not be arrested for going to a “medical marijuana doctor”, nor will these letters be rendered invalid.

CA Legislature Says They Will Regulate Medical Marijuana

On August 27, the CA Legislature advanced Assembly Bill 266 that read only this: “It is the intention of the state legislature to regulate medical marijuana.” It does look likely, however, that the Governor’s Office may add their own language last-minute.

Cannabis regulation has thus far held a strange place in California politics. While fully-legal states like Washington and Colorado have implemented strict and fairly straightforward regulation from the get-go, CA has had no such luxury with their own medical marijuana laws. Regulation and allowance of collectives, for example, has been a responsibility deferred to individual counties–leading some to outright ban dispensaries, hurting legal patients’ safe access to medicine. Others, like Los Angeles, allow a certain number of licensed collectives to operate, but such laws have proved difficult to enforce with limited available resources from law enforcement.

Although new regulation at the state level could make access easier and better, it is thus far looking unlikely. Cities could ban cannabis activity altogether. Transportation of medicine would be heavily licensed and regulated, raising costs for both farmers and distributors. Although the bill does cut out some  bureaucratic elements, the process of licensing and enforcing such rules will no doubt require copious state resources to manage.

The bill also comes at an awkward time in California’s marijuana history, as full legalization seems likely to appear on the 2016 ballot.


Raid on San Bernardino Dispensary

The San Bernardino SWAT team raided a high-risk marijuana dispensary on Friday, where they found firearms and cocaine on premises. It is unfortunate that illegal collectives are so susceptible to illegal behavior. If collectives were legalized and regulated in San Bernardino County, patients would not have to visit such high-risk dispensaries to obtain their medicine.


The first legal collective in the city of Los Angeles and a pre-ICO safe haven


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