​Compliance Tes​ting for State-Level Cannabis Markets |​ Master Brewers Webinar​​​​​​​​​​​​

Broadcast Date: June 23, 2020

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Webinar Summary

Cannabis testing is being implemented at the state level as medical or adult-use markets become legitimized. The lack of standardization across the industry presents unique challenges, which could benefit from the input of a more seasoned QA/QC-driven industry. Furthermore, infused beverages derived from Hemp or Cannabis may be a cross-disciplinary consideration for breweries nationwide if current trends persist.

Quality, potency, and public-health safety testing for cannabis are currently being implemented state-by-state, as legalization continues solely at the state-level amid Federal inaction. The industry is challenged by a general lack of cohesiveness magnified by the regulation of different analytes at a variety of activity levels across state lines. The diversity of requirements has made the pursuit of standardization complex and even stymied to some extent. This webinar will present an overview of the chemical and microbiological test types associated with bringing cannabis to market in states like Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Michigan, and Massachusetts. The similarities across state lines will be highlighted, and regulatory parallels with the brewing industry explored. We will also discuss some of the unique challenges faced by method developers and quality managers in the industry. Attendees are encouraged to offer perspectives from their industry experience during the webinar Q&A.

About the Presenter

Dr. Kimberly Ross

Dr. Kimberly Ross
Chief Science Officer, ProForma Labs​

Dr. Kimberly Ross is the founder of Nicholas Brewing Projects LLC. Prior to opening his own firm, he served as Special Projects Manager for Surly Brewing Company, where he was tasked with supporting the brewery’s expansion through a variety of interdepartmental initiatives, including safety & quality programs, coordinating long-term production management between operations & sales, and developing training modules for both internal & external audiences.

Before joining Surly Brewing, Gary spent 13 years with Bell’s Brewery, Inc. He began as the Quality Manager in 2001 and added responsibilities in environmental health & safety in 2003. Later, he developed & managed a new Training & Professional Development group, where his responsibilities included designing & leading educational programs on a broad scope of topics. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Carleton College and began his brewing career in 1997 with the Goose Island Beer Company after graduating from the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology.

Since 2012, Gary has taught the Quality module at the annual MBAA Packaging Technology course. He has delivered numerous presentations on safety and quality issues at MBAA events, the World Brewing Congress, and Craft Brewers Conferences. Locally, he serves on the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Safety Committee.