By Eric Hartley
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Medical marijuana dispensaries and growers are pushing the state to change regulations in a way that could sharply lower the costs of lab safety testing.
Regulations require a sample to be tested from each 5-pound batch of marijuana before any of it is sold. Independent state-certified laboratories check the samples for pesticides, toxins and microbes, among other contaminants.
In a recent letter to a top state official, the Nevada Dispensary Association said the 5-pound rule drives up the cost of marijuana significantly.
But the math suggests otherwise. Given the prices charged for marijuana and the tiny quantities sold to each patient, lab testing makes up about 3 percent — or less — of what patients pay.