Clovis taking steps to allow certified labs to test state marijuana


After a city council vote certified chemistry labs may soon be able to test state marijuana in the City of Clovis. Clovis city leaders voted to introduce an amendment to the city’s current marijuana ordinance that would allow ISO certified labs to test state marijuana. It’s all part of legalizing marijuana in the State of California on January 1st of 2018.

Making a change to this ordinance does not change the approach for Clovis on marijuana. The city has already banned the commercial sale of pot and set strict limits on personal use and home grows. What this change does allow is for chemistry experts at a highly certified lab in Clovis to test state regulated marijuana. 

“The samples would come from the State of California potentially and they would come to a laboratory in our community,” chemistry expert Diane Anderson told the Clovis City Council on Monday night.  

Anderson has been a chemist for 35 years. She spoke in front of the Clovis City Council as city leaders moved forward to make a change to the city’s marijuana ordinance that would allow highly certified chemistry labs to test state marijuana as part of california’s legalization of the drug in 2018.  

“The state would be paying the local laboratory to run the analysis, the local laboratory would pay their employees and the money that was made from that laboratory would be kept in our community, so it would be a very positive impact,” said Anderson.  

Nobody spoke in opposition to the change to the Clovis marijuana ordinance and Clovis still has stringent rules banning the sale of marijuana, strict guidelines for personal use, and home grows. City leaders say it’s a public safety issue.

“My biggest concern is it could increase demands on the city policing wise as marijuana becomes legal, what does that mean for our community and the safety of our residents?,” said Clovis Director of Economic and Community Development Andy Haussler. 
Some concerns were raised about how much marijuana might arrive in Clovis as part of this testing process. Experts say small amounts that will be closely monitored.  
“Marijuana is an expensive commodity, so the amounts of sample coming in would be very small,” said Anderson. “You have to be able to account for where it is, who has it, how much was used, and where it ended up.”

As part of allowing the testing of state marijuana the Clovis Police Department would set the standards for security at any lab doing the testing. There are two drug testing labs in Clovis at least one of them plans to test marijuana if the city council votes to officially change the ordinance at their next meeting.  

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