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ICYMI: Adding Marijuana to the NIST Handbook

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Not many people are excited about revisions and updates to severe drought National Institute of Standards and Technology Manuals (“Nest”). NIST Handbook 44 contains “Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measurement Equipment.” It is approved every year on an annual basis National Conference on Weights and Measures (“NCWM”). This year’s interim meeting of the National Council of Rural Women saw the cannabis crowd fueled and a look to the future where marijuana is being considered, for the first time, as an addition to brochures.

What does this mean and why should you care? He. She can It means the Feds are finally preparing to legalize and interstate trade around marijuana.

The NIST Handbook: Committee Review

The Laws and Regulations (L&R) Committee of the National Council for Women and Children develops “laws and regulations ranging from the Basic Weights and Measures Act to specific laws and regulations for weighing experts, commodity regulations, price scanners, unit pricing, motor fuels and automotive lubricants and more.” In addition, the L&R Committee addresses “Test Procedures for Verifying the Actual Net Quantity Contained in Packages for Sale”. The Standards and Tolerance Committee (S&T) is dedicated to issues related to the design, testing, tolerances, and user requirements of commercial weighing and measuring equipment.

NIST Handbooks: Cannabis Task Force

NCWM has a file cannabis task force Already “it presents its recommendations to the Committee on Science and Technology and the L&R Committee for consideration by members of the National Council for Women and Children.” Ultimately, “the product of this effort will be included in the National Council for Women’s Cannabis Interpretations and Guidelines.” The actual task of the working group is to[c]Establish uniform guidelines for the states, District of Columbia, and territories where legal sales of cannabis are common.”

The working group works in 5 different areas:

  1. Fit the scales
  2. Selling method
  3. Product packaging and labeling
  4. Safety Inspectors
  5. Moisture loss of the packaged product.

In the interim meeting, the L & R agenda contained a variety of cannabis items for consideration Template 3. The two items to be voted on at this summer’s annual meeting (for consideration in NIST Handbook 130 and 133) are:

  1. “construction[ing] A clear definition of cannabis and cannabis-containing products” and
  2. “construction[ing] Cannabis Acceptable Net Weight Allowance, which is linked to the MOS Form 15 relating to water activity and the Packaging and Labeling Form 15 Sections 2 and 10.”

science and technology agenda It also contained a proposal to “establish appropriate requirements for a uniform interstate standard for the sale of cannabis.” However, this proposal was not selected for a vote and will continue to be discussed.

Cannabis is coming to the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Without a doubt, NIST engages with the government’s legal cannabis program, primarily recognizing that national standards for product quality assurance and information are essential to safety, standardization and enforcement. NIST is also no stranger to flirting with standardized marijuana standards as it launched in 2020 qana To help ensure routine quality analysis throughout the cannabis industry” (which we have done written about before).

We are pleased to see his continued efforts to bring some order to the state’s legal cannabis chaos, and hopefully prepare for eventual interstate commerce on the tail of legalization. he is coming.

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