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By the end of 2025, the global hemp market is predicted to reach more than $146 Billion, with a capital "B". As medical and scientific R&D continues to legitimize the industry, pushing it continuously further, there has never been a more pressing time to establish industry-wide quality assurance standards in order to ensure safety for human consumption. In this panel, we explore the current state of quality assurance standards, in addition to how and why they need to be updated.
02:50 Quality assurance
07:55 What would you like it to be?
13:45 Biggest struggles
55:18 Black market
Jessica Lower began as a chemist specialized on cannabis and then became a senior analyst at True Science Laboratories. Now she is a remediation chemist supervisor at UGC Labs.View the profile
Antonio Frazier is the VP of Operations at CannaSafe, the first ISO licensed cannabis lab in the world and the leading marketshare holder in California. Het met CannaSafe President, Aaron Riley, while playing football together at Furman University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree; he also holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Clemson. Frazier began his career as a Nuclear Quality Engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, certifying and verifying final construction of nuclear components. He then moved to aerospace engineering, performing quality assurance for the foundry, testing lab, heat treat, and special finishing departments for SKF USA (Baltimore). Antonio enjoys using his industrial, public safety focused skillset to forge the standards of a burgeoning industry; cannabis is just a huge bonus. He’s an English Premiere League fanatic (Chelsea), married with two sons, and resides in Los Angeles, California.View the profile
James Schwartz BSN, LNC, is an experienced medical legal consultant and CEO of CascadeHigh Organics with 20years experience cultivating legal cannabis. James is a self-described organic minimalist cultivating in the most sustainable manner. James believes in clean Cannabis and its use as a wellness drug. His Oregon licensed cultivation has been featured in Dope Magazine, Oregon Leaf Magazine, and has articles in both publications as well. James is a former member of NCIA Cultivation Committee and has presented at multiple Cannabis and CBD conferences all over the country. James was a drafter and is a signature on the written testimony to the FDA and congress on behalf of NCIA for CBD policy. His business, legal, medical, and agricultural knowledge provides a comprehensive perspective on the cannabis industry. James has lobbied for Cannabis on both the national and state level with Oregon Cannabis Association and is a fierce advocate for the plant and cannabinoid therapeutics.View the profile
Josh is one of the founders of Gruene Cross Health and Wellness, a Texas based Cannabis company established in 2018. Gruene Cross’ goal is to remove the stigma through education. Involved in the cannabis industry since 1991, Josh has been involved in most aspects of the business. A thought leader. A Father. A Husband. A CEO. A Mover and A Shaker!View the profile
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And here we have Josh Pearl who's the Founder of Gruene Cross Health and Wellness and we have Antonio Frazerб VP of Operations that can explain the industry. I come from the healthcare world as well. So I've always been a part of what I think is a very highly regulated environment, you know, when you get to drugs to patients in the hospital without us the right dose right round right time 5 hours. So I've come from that very regulated environment starts with and clearly there needs to be some level of that with the Cannabis industry.
And so quality assurance really means to me that you know, our patients getting or consumers regardless of why they're using it. You know, I can I consider all cannabis. Real bonus drug that we should all be used in some form or another and so are you getting clean products from your farm? Is it being tracked through the system through the various supply chain avenues of processors and manufacturers and then are we getting third party lab testing to ensure that the product that is supposed to be in that bottle is actually in that
bottle. What's the time? Maulana figures third-party testing and it's what we do here at kind of face. I was raised having a late and I thought you actually go and get to know what it's going to do a liver dose themselves, and I'm sure that it has been grown cultivated in manufacturer with the Wright Stander Center. I don't know. There's really much to add to that my kind of sums up quality assurance by third-party lab testing is vital
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