Case of Legally Defensible Cannabis Data with Known and Documented Quality
Dr. Harry Behzadi, President and CEO, AccuScience Laboratories
Since any scientific data may potentially be used in civil or criminal litigation, it should be judged as acceptable for use as admissible evidence. All potentially relevant data needs to originate and remain secured under a litigation hold, in order to protect that data and all its content and associated files, from inadvertent deletion or alteration. In order for data to be defensible and of known and documented quality, all sampling, custody and analysis activities must be performed according to technical standards and operating procedure. All processes must be clearly outlined and fully documented. As indicated in the adage: “say what you do and do what you say,” a break in the trust would result in a crack in data defensibility. Additionally, detailed and pristine record keeping must be stressed throughout all sampling, custody and analysis activities; failure to keep proper records is a common allegation in enforcement actions and a cause for lack of data defensibility. In this presentation we are going to review the life of a sample from sampling the cannabis plant, to custody, transfer to the laboratory, log in, preparation, and final analysis. As a final point, the QA/QC procedure and reporting the data process will be addressed. We will also exam and review the verification process for cannabis legally defensible data.
Dr. Harry Behzadi is currently President and CEO of AccuScience Laboratories and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for RJ Lee Group, most recently he was Business Development for SGS‐EHS North America. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Operations, for TestAmerica Inc Eastern and western regions. He also worked VP of operations, and Corporate Technical Director for Accutest Laboratories, Inc. Since 1994, Dr. Behzadi had spearheaded growth and expansion of Accutest Corporation in the Southeast and beyond to the West Coast. He started Southeast division in 1995 and developed the lab from a handful of employees to one of the largest environmental laboratories in the South with staff 90+ strong. He began his career over 30 years in pharmaceutical industry and since then he has been responsible for laboratory management, analytical method development, professional training and QA/QC in both the environmental and pharmaceutical industries. He has navigated multiple laboratories through certification and NELAP accreditation process, Dept. of Defense and Various Fortune 500 companies. His expertise encompasses all aspects of the environmental testing business including technical and operations management, new method development, acquisitions, operations integration, sales and business development.