State of Nevada Medical Marijuana Testing Requirements FAQ

 

Q: What needs to be tested? 

A: For flowers, a lot of 5 pounds or fewer grown from one or more seeds or cuttings that are planted and harvested at the same time (or 15 pounds of trim). 374 Labs requires 6 grams of product from each lot for the full battery of tests on usable marijuana.

For edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products, a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products shall select a random sample from each batch for testing by an independent testing laboratory.

NAC 453A.023  Batch” defined. “Batch” means a specific lot of marijuana grown from one or more seeds or cuttings that are planted and harvested at the same time. 

NAC 453A.061  Lot” defined. “Lot” means: 

     1.  The flowers from one or more marijuana plants of the same strain, in a quantity that weighs 5 pounds or less; or 

     2.  The leaves or other plant matter from one or more marijuana plants, other than full female flowers, in a quantity that weighs 15 pounds or less. 

The specific policies and regulations relating to the required tests can be found in NAC 453.A and the DPBH MME policy website.


Q: Who can test? 

A: The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services shall establish standards for and certify one or more private and independent testing laboratories to test marijuana, edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused products that are to be sold in this State.The independent testing laboratory must collect the samples unless the cultivation facility designates a person responsible for segregating all harvested marijuana into homogenized batches pursuant to this subsection in accordance with the standards set forth by the laboratory and the cultivation facility to ensure a random, homogenized sample.

Not all labs are created equal. When selecting a lab make sure that it has all the necessary equipment for testing. At a minimum, to follow regulations and retain the capability to properly analyze product in Nevada, a laboratory needs both LC/MS (emphasis on the MS) and GC/MS analytical equipment. Without these, dangerous pesticides could go undetected.


Q: What do I do with my product during testing? 

A: From the time that a batch has been homogenized for sample testing and eventual packaging and sale to a medical marijuana dispensary, facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products or, if applicable, another cultivation facility until the independent testing laboratory provides the results from its tests and analysis, the facility which provided the sample shall segregate and withhold from use the entire batch, except the samples that have been removed for testing.


Q: What if my batch doesn't pass?

A: If a lot of usable marijuana fails a quality assurance test, any marijuana plant trim, leaf and other usable material from the same plants automatically fails the quality assurance test. Upon approval of the Division, a lot of marijuana that fails a quality assurance test may be used to make a CO2 or solvent-based extract. After processing, the CO2 or solvent-based extract must pass all required quality assurance tests.  374 Labs offers complimentary retests on any failed samples as part of its quality assurance program.

 Note: At the request of a cultivation facility or a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products, the Division may, on a case-by-case basis, authorize a retest to validate the results of a failed test. The cultivation facility or facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products is responsible for all costs involved in a retest performed pursuant to this section.