Sec. 5723 - Heavy Metals Testing

§ 5723. Heavy Metals Testing

(a) The laboratory shall analyze at minimum 0.5 grams of the representative sample of cannabis goods to determine whether heavy metals are present.

(b) The laboratory shall report the result of the heavy metals test in unit micrograms per gram (µg/g) on the COA and indicate "pass" or "fail" on the COA.

(c) The sample shall be deemed to have passed the heavy metals testing if the presence of heavy metals does not exceed the action levels listed in the following table.

   Action Level (µg/g)
   Inhalable Other
Heavy Metal Cannabis Goods Cannabis Goods
Cadmium 0.2 0.5
Lead 0.5 0.5
Arsenic 0.2 1.5
Mercury 0.1 3.0

(d) If the sample fails heavy metals testing, the batch from which the sample was collected fails heavy metals testing and shall not be released for retail sale.

(1. New section filed 12-7-2017 as a deemed emergency pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 26013(b)(3); operative 12-7-2017 (Register 2017, No. 49). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 6-5-2018 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day. 2. New section refiled 6-4-2018 as an emergency; operative 6-6-2018 pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1(d) (Register 2018, No. 23). Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 26013(b)(3), this is a deemed emergency and the emergency regulations remain in effect for 180 days. A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 12-3-2018 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day. 3. Certificate of Compliance as to 6-4-2018 order, including amendment of section, transmitted to OAL 12-3-2018 and filed 1-16-2019; amendments operative 1-16-2019 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2019, No. 3).)

Note: Authority cited: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26100, 26104 and 26110, Business and Professions Code.

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