By Kayla Johnson | Top Shelf News | Aug. 25, 2020
UPDATE: The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and State Health Department filed to have FAST Laboratories license revoked following an investigation that found the Lab falsified test results.
Just over a month after a large medical cannabis processing company in Oklahoma was ordered to cease operations, it's now being reported that a testing laboratory is under investigation by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, due to allegations of producing product test results that have been falsified.
The investigation involving F.A.S.T. Laboratories was first reported by Samantha Vicent at the Tulsa World. Vicent states that "agency officials confirmed F.A.S.T. Laboratories, which has its headquarters in Oklahoma City, has pending inquiries with the OMMA and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs."
Incorrect or falsified test results for cannabis products put Oklahoma patients at serious risk of consuming potentially dangerous pesticides, chemicals, or other products used to attempt to clean up less-than-great flower. Given the significant issues Moon Mix faced earlier this summer with incorrect testing results for their products, and the severity of the allegations facing F.A.S.T. Laboratories, it seems the dirty secret of fake test results in Oklahoma cannabis is being exposed, piece by piece.
Whether the two companies are linked by falsified results remains to be seen, and we look forward to hearing more from the O.M.M.A. about this situation. This string of events underlines the absolute importance of patients asking for test results for their product of choice, but it also shines a light on the fact that companies owe it to the patients and the industry to be as transparent regarding their medicine as possible, because the truth will come out eventually. The O.M.M.A. is doing the Oklahoma cannabis industry and community a great service by taking the time to investigate and ensure that Oklahoma labs are staying compliant as well.
As we learn more about the investigation and the potential impacts on future testing requirements, we'll continue to share it with you.