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I know people in the industry who have been penalized by the LCB for using pesticides that they never used. They sent samples of their product to other labs for testing and the tests came back negative for the pesticides the state said they'd detected. In some cases, millions of dollars of product are affected, representing a massive strain on their business.
Having lived here for a few years, it seems pretty obvious that what will happen is these companies will have no choice but to sue the state, who will lose because of their incompetence, and end up spending more taxpayer dollars to settle the suits.
No matter how long I live here, however, I'll never understand why this kind of state level incompetence is not only tolerated but allowed to continue.
It IS a war on Drug Users:
"After all, if their behavior is actually harming and/or killing people, it would only be Cannabis-imbibers that are being harmed and/or killed…. and where is the harm in that?"
Well said, Lester.
While I applaud the impetus MacRae has put on the industry as a whole, his work is generally shoddy and cherry-picked to confirm his own biases. And that says nothing about his conduct as a human being - read his blog for some laughable nuggets of rambling, bigoted crazy.
I'll repeat part of your argument a different way- the majority of P/P that pay you and any other lab "are sick and tired of cheaters getting free reign..." and paying for the privilege. I don't want to have to keep paying for being your alpha and beta tester. Medicine doesn't get to charge full price for experimental procedures. Where is the value proposition in using any of these labs besides checking a box that was put there by politics rather than science? You've helped drive this foolish focus on high THC knowing full well there is far more to the effect (entourage or whatever term people want to market) than THC or we'd all be popping Marinol.
I'll tell you what- tell me what percentage of the way you are in getting to proper testing procedures and test-retest reliability and I'll pay you the percentage of my total lab testing bill until you get it right...