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October 27, 2014

Just In Time To Make Some Money

A Colorado company has announced a consumer test kit that they say can detect marijuana in food. Here's the website of Personal Analytics, the company that is selling this kit.

There is nothing in either the news article or on the company website to suggest this kit has been tested by any neutral third party. I'd like to see an opinion from a law enforcement agency after they test it.

So if you want to market an untested product like this, you publicize it just a few days before Halloween when there is no time for parents to wait for testing.

With a product like this you want the errors (and there will be errors, no matter how good it is) to tend toward false positives. IOW, a parent would rather err on the side of caution and throw away perfectly clean candy rather than get a false negative and feed some marijuana candy to their kids. The CBS reporter tested for a possible false positive and didn't get one. Who cares?

Parents, when they get to the website for Personal Analytics, will find they have a choice between two kits. One tests for THC, the other for CBD. I haven't found any information on the site to clarify the choice for parents. I can imagine scenes of a mom hovering over her computer having to shout to her kid to ask "Honey, should we be testing your candy for THC or CBD or do I have to buy both of these?" Daughter Suzie calls back from the other room where she has been playing tea party with some friends "Mom, I've told you this before, it's THC."

CBD does not get you high, but if you were a parent wouldn't you be concerned if CBD candy showed up in your kid's treat bag, even if it tested negative for THC?

An alternative to having a law enforcement agency test these kits is for some responsible marijuana ingesting adults to get these kits and test every bit of marijuana edible they come across. If they get a false negative, then the study ends and the kits get thumbs down.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | October 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

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