Josh Wurzer

Co-founder and President at SC Labs
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Using my background in Synthetic and Analytical Chemistry, my goal is to bring the cannabis industry into the mainstream through standardization and better understanding of this powerful medicine. I am actively involved in groups and organizations who are pushing to develop national quality standards for cannabis including the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Cannabis Expert Panel, AOAC International Cannabis Working Group and a founding member of the CASP committee, the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) cannabis committee, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cannabis working groups, and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision, as well as other cannabis, hemp, and chemical trade association committees. I also serve as the President of the Pacific Southwest division of the AOAC.

I have presented at various technical and cannabis conferences and events including the Harvard Medical School, the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, the AOAC Annual Meeting, The Emerald Cup, MJ BizCon, and many more. I have been published in several technical and trade publications including the Journal of Natural Products and Skunk Magazine.

Technical Specialties: Analytical Techniques for Cannabis Testing (Cannabinoid Quant., Pesticide Residue, etc.) Instruments include, HPLC -UV, HPLC - FLD, LC/MS, GC/MS, GC(Asst. Detectors), HNMR, CNMR, SiNMR, SEM, STEM.

In 2010, I co-founded SC Labs with my partners to ensure safe access to medical patients. Today, SC Labs offers comprehensive solutions for cannabis and hemp testing to top tier cannabis companies in the medical and recreational space. With 10 years of analytical data, we empower clients to make informed decisions about product safety and consistency. Cultivators, manufacturers, brands, and dispensaries rely on our science to ensure they deliver safe products to consumers. We are accredited to ISO 17025 in California and by ORELAP in Oregon. From innovations in cannabis and hemp testing to progressive data solutions, SC Labs is advancing science to improve product quality in a compliant and transformative manner. With our expertise and advanced analytical instruments, we offer legally defensible results and peace of mind.

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  • Potency inflation exists in every market SC Labs participates in to a different degree and, from my discussions with other lab operators and cannabis business operators, it is an issue in several other markets as well.

    It is clearly the most pervasive in Oregon followed by California and Colorado, and it has been that way for several years. In these states you have an oversupply of lab testing coupled with a depressed cannabis market which means a lot of the labs are struggling financially which only incentivises this type of activity.

    Additionally, regulators in these states aren't performing the types of monitoring and enforcement, like secret shopping, following up on complaints of suspicious activity, or auditing unusually high published cannabinoid results, that would catch labs who are giving artificially high numbers.

    9 September 2022
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