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Medical Marijuana Laboratory’s Quest for Safer Medicine goes National

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As politicians still take a wait and see approach on the “research” associated with marijuana, they ironically often avoid speaking to those who have been in the field gathering piles of data on the subject.  As this industry shows it is here to stay, we must accept that patients need safe and tailored medicine which can only be ensured by quality lab testing after proper cultivation.

Unlike a pharmaceutical pill which takes hundreds of millions of dollars to get to the market and cannot easily be altered, marijuana strains can be cultivated in a way that addresses the specific concerns of the patient.  We are happy to see that Jeffrey Raber Ph.D and The Werc Shop are being well received across the country.  Getting past the typical talking points and eye rolls can be tough, but Jeff has started to notice a change in this trend.  Authorities are also starting to realize that medical marijuana is here to stay and it is going to need regulation.

Recently Jeff took The Werc Shop’s message across the country as he traveled from California to New Jersey.   At the New Jersey Association for Forensic Scientists (NJAFS) annual conference, Jeff was asked to address the attendees.  He made a great presentation and described many of the cutting edge techniques they are utilizing for terpene profiling, microbiological screening, and cannabinoid profiling.  With years of experience, Jeff may be able to help the east coast states get up to speed on the sophistication of the testing done out west.  While New Jersey government officials may have delayed their medical marijuana program from starting, Jeff feels the members of the NJAFS are ready and willing to do a thorough job once the program starts serving patients.  One impressed crime lab chemist told him that he tests cannabis  everyday but has never looked at it quite the way Jeff does.  They were also amazed at how benign marijuana cannabinoids are in comparison to the synthetics found in recently outlawed products such as “K2” and “Spice”.  Overall, it seemed that those who took part in the conference were very receptive to Jeff’s presentation and are looking to increase their scientific knowledge of the cannabis plant.

Jeff was excited to finally get to speak to audiences about utilizing terpene data to identify phenotypes and accurate strain names.  As many of us know, “The Marijuana Name Game”, while fun, has been a bit of a roadblock for this industry to gain total mainstream support.  A silly name such as “Purple Urkle” does not exactly tell patients if the medication is suited to their needs. and The Werc Shop are both working hard to bring uniform definitions to strains.  Jeff’s excitement was shared and he was immediately approached to give a similar presentation at Rutgers University.  Jeff agreed and again noticed an engaged audience.

For those who question a lack of research in medical marijuana, they need only look to labs like The Werc Shop.    The benefits of medical marijuana are constantly becoming more widely known.  When conventional treatments fail, it is not realistic to assume patients are not going to seek alternatives, especially when these alternatives can relieve pain and produce little side effects.  Medical marijuana is here and the future of this industry needs to rely on regulation and testing to endure the best and safest medicine gets out to patients.

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