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Hemp: A Forensic Perspective (Webinar)

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Detailed Learning Objectives:
- Understand the legal definition of hemp and its differentiation from marijuana
- Learn about HPLC, LC/MS, and GC/MS testing strategies
- Understand the analytical challenges for the determination of total THC in cannabis, hemp, and cannabinoid products

From a forensic perspective, a laboratory must answer this question: is the material presented for analysis an illegal product based on its total THC content? This presentation will discuss analytical strategies to answer this question.

The question is this sample illegal based on its psychoactive ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol content has been common in forensic labs for decades. Traditionally, this has been answered in a binary fashion as "yes" or "no" based on the results from a semi-quantitative analysis using GC/MS technologies. Since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the Farm Bill, this question has become more complicated due in large part to the legalization of hemp as an industrial crop.

Speaker: Anthony Macherone, Ph.D., Sr. Scientist, Strategic Program Manager & Cannabis Applications Technical Leader, Agilent Technologies; Visiting Professor, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Date Created: February 3, 2021