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On December 1, the Department issued guidance for independent testing laboratories registered with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
The Policy on Contamination Notification Requirement (PDF) | (DOCX) outlines the requirements for both testing laboratories and Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to notify the Department of laboratory results indicating the contaminant levels in a tested product exceed the acceptable limits outlined in the Protocol for Sampling and Analysis of Finished Medical Marijuana Products and Marijuana-Infused Products and cannot be remediated.
To comply with Massachusetts medical use of marijuana regulations, RMDs must follow the protocol for sampling and analysis of finished medical marijuana products and marijuana-infused products for Massachusetts Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. This guide provides RMDs with required and recommended best practices for the collection and analysis of plant material and other finished medical marijuana products and marijuana-infused products (MIPs).
Please take note of the amendment to the protocol for sampling and analysis of finished medical marijuana products and marijuana-infused products for Massachusetts RMDs. This amendment, effective November 23, 2016, includes the addition of the hydrocarbon gases propane, butane, and iso-butane to the list of approved solvents in Exhibit 7. Concentration limits for residual solvents.
If you have questions regarding the testing protocols, please email them to RMDCompliance@state.ma.us or mail them to:
Medical Use of Marijuana Program
Attn: RMD Compliance
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111
The protocol for sampling and analysis of environmental media for Massachusetts Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries provides RMDs with requirements and best practices for the collection, handling, analysis, documentation, review, and reporting of environmental media samples to comply with Massachusetts medical use of marijuana regulations.