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Analytical vs preparative chromatography in cannabis processing

Chromatography is a method of separating mixtures in a laboratory setting using two distinct phases, a mobile phase and a stationary phase.  While analytical chromatography helps gather specific information on the compounds in a mixture, preparative chromatography isolates and purifies the sample.1 In the cannabis industry, both analytical and preparative chromatography are important for the […]

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Cannabis and the necessity for USP standards

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides official standards for identity, strength, quality, and purity in medicines. As well, they also produce standards for food ingredients and dietary supplements.1 For medicine, food, and dietary supplements, the USP publishes reference standards to ensure accuracy and reproducibility of laboratory procedures. For cannabis, […]

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A Review of all the Cannabis legislation introduced in the Maryland State Legislature

  Bill# Cross File# Title Description Senate Hearing and Voting House Hearing and Voting Senate Lead Sponsor(s) House Lead Sponsor(s) 1 HB0217 SB0900 Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Expenses of Medical Cannabis Grower, Processor, Dispensary, or Independent Testing Laboratory This bill allows what is known as a “subtraction modification” for MD income taxes for […]

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What critical regulatory issues face a state’s new medical cannabis program?

There are many issues that exist when a state considers legalizing medical cannabis.  The regulatory challenges are immense, and the state government must start from the ground up for the unique cannabis industry.  Three major regulatory challenges that lawmakers face include: 1) defining which medical conditions qualify a patient for medical cannabis, 2) what quantity […]

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