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Navigating the Future: A Glimpse into ASTM Committee Week and the Blueprint for Cannabis and Hemp Standards – Cannabis Industry Journal

by Bethany Moore, Director of Content Strategy and Market Growth at The GMP Collective

Quotes from David Vaillencourt, CEO of The GMP Collective; Alena Rodriguez, S3 Collective, and Darwin Millard, The Spock of Cannabis.

[Excerpt from Cannabis Industry Journal]

In mid-January, against the backdrop of Kentucky’s renowned reputation for fast horses and whiskey, dozens of experts, advocates, operators, and regulators dove headfirst into the heartbeat of innovation and regulation at the ASTM Committee Week. It was my very first time attending, and I waded right into the deep end of the pool.

For those unfamiliar, ASTM International (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials) was originally established in 1898 and is one of three major standards development organizations (along with ANSI and ISO) and has been developing and publishing voluntary consensus technical standards in just about every category of materials, products, systems, and services you can think of. One of the oldest ASTM standards literally keeps the trains running on time – a standard for guiding steel rails. And as of just a few years ago in 2017, cannabis, the new kid on the block, joined the party.

I was also a new kid at the ASTM Committee Week conference, however the ASTM International organization provided training in advance with plenty of resources to understand the process, including online training, videos, and a warm welcome at the new member orientation meeting.

Read full article on the Cannabis Industry Journal website