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Hawaii Lawmakers Push to Regulate Medical Marijuana Testing

HONOLULU (AP) - Industry experts say there are a lot of chemicals that could contaminate Hawaii’s medical marijuana.

Dispensaries are set to open in Hawaii in July, and state lawmakers are pushing a broad bill to address many of the obstacles the industry is facing. One is how to regulate marijuana testing.

The proposed Hawaii law would set requirements for testing medical marijuana’s potency and would also test for contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria and pesticides, which industry experts say is necessary to ensure patient safety. Under state rules, dispensaries must send all marijuana products to a certified laboratory for testing.

Other states have had problems establishing rules on testing. That includes dealing with recalls because of contamination and facing marijuana shortages when crops were lost to pests.

“You have states stumbling around trying to figure this out,” said Chris Walsh, managing editor of the Marijuana Business Daily. “They’ve...

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