Medical Cannabis Compliance

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ACS Laboratory is compliant with the Florida Department of Health’s medical marijuana legislation. 

We offer a wide range of tests from potency to safety and contaminants to ensure your product is ready for patient use

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Along with comprehensive and compliant test panels, ACS also offers a la cart  R&D testing services. 

Select from our range of tests to help develop your premium quality medical cannabis.


In 2016, Florida voters passed Amendment 2 known as the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which legalized cannabis to treat patients with specific medical conditions. Following Amendment 2, the Florida Senate published the Medical Use of Marijuana statute whose rules are still evolving today.

At ACS Laboratory, we are up-to-date with Florida’s guidelines and exceed all proposed requirements.

We are USDA and FLORIDA State Compliant.
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According to Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) in statute 381.986, any pesticide used in the production of medical marijuana or low-THC cannabis (hemp) must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). These pesticides must be classified as mimim risk and the ingredients in the pesticide must be exempt from tolerance requirements. Florida law also requires that medical marijuana be tested for residual pesticides

Other Contaminants

Aside from pesticides, the DOH statute does not specify other contaminants or their allowable limits. It does however indicate that your medical cannabis must be “safe for consumption”. The statute also says that the DOH shall work with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to determine specific requirements.

While the DOH hasn’t updated the rules on medical cannabis yet, the FDACS recently proposed testing requirements for low-THC cannabis in the State Hemp Program. These rules include specific limits for metals, pesticides, mycotoxins, pathogens, and solvents. At ACS, we are compliant with the latest requirements and offer a full panel  of tests to guarantee your product is ready for patient use.

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What About Federal Compliance?

Cannabis remains a Schedule 1 Drug according to the Controlled Substances Act.

Until the Federal Ban is lifted, there are currently no Federal rules related to medical cannabis testing.

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At ACS Laboratory, we conduct R+D testing, intended for manufacturers and cultivators who want to utilize the results to improve the process of creating high THC products. R&D tests are conducted using the same protocols as compliance tests.

The only difference is that you may select an R+D test individually based on your category of interest and R+D test results are not reported. On the other hand, you may choose compliance testing if you want a full panel to guarantee that your product is free of all contaminants below.

**Disclaimer: This content is current as of 11/25/2019. It is meant to be a guiding resource and should not be used to replace legal counsel. Please speak to a lawyer to confirm all questions related to compliance testing.