Due to the high attendance and interaction from Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis, the webinar held on January 15th, 2020, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a follow-up session to give in-depth answers to questions the speakers were unable to address in the first session.
In the first session, experts in agricultural policy, hemp industry analytical testing, and the DEA Special Testing and Research laboratory discussed the state of forensic drug testing following the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 “Farm Bill.”) The webinar discussed the legal history of hemp and THC as it relates to farm policy, farming and quality testing techniques used in the hemp industry, and the DEA’s enhanced forensic testing program for the identification of suspected marijuana samples.
1) Understand the 2018 Farm Bill, which created a USDA-administered hemp program, requiring the USDA to establish a regulatory framework to monitor compliance and regulate hemp production.
2) Understand the difference between Δ9-THC and Δ9-THCA, along with the testing and quality systems being used within the hemp and marijuana industries.
3) Provide the audience with an overview of the new analysis protocol implemented in DEA laboritories to efficiently identify marijuana submissions.
Renee Johnson; Mike Goodrich; and Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Cruz