The kitchen of Brian and Meghan Wilson’s rental home in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood looked like a chemistry lab. Using beakers, glass dishes and a botanical extractor, the couple coaxed oil from dispensary-bought marijuana plants, desperate to control the epileptic seizures of their 3-year-old daughter, Vivian.
Before giving it to the little girl, who likes to draw on an easel and play with her toothbrush, the Wilsons took their homemade oil to a Denver marijuana testing lab to make sure the dosage was correct.
All of that stopped after state regulators began informing marijuana testing labs that as a condition of holding a state license to test, they may only accept samples from licensed recreational pot shops, infused-product manufacturers and medical marijuana dispensaries.
The rule is part of a broader effort to account for every ounce of marijuana flowing through Colorado’s highly regulated industry.
But it also means those labs, some of which had been operating for years before being licensed, can no longer test for individuals.
That leaves curious consumers, hemp growers and anyone who makes their own oils, edibles and tinctures with little recourse.
It means licensed labs cannot test for caregivers treating cancer patients or parents such as the Wilsons who have flocked to Colorado to obtain medical marijuana for their gravely ill children.