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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections
Agency 40. Department of Forensic Science
Chapter 50. Regulations for the Approval of Marijuana Field Tests for Detection of Marijuana Plant Material

6VAC40-50-30. Request for evaluation.

A. Any manufacturer who wishes to submit marijuana field tests or marijuana field test kits for evaluation pursuant to this chapter shall submit a written request for evaluation to the department director at the following address:


Department of Forensic Science

700 North Fifth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

B. Materials sufficient for at least 10 marijuana field tests shall be supplied by each manufacturer. The materials shall include all instructions, precautions, color charts, flow charts and the like which are provided with the marijuana field test or marijuana field test kit and that describe the use and interpretation of the tests.

C. The manufacturer shall also include exact specifications as to the chemical composition of all chemicals or reagents used in the marijuana field tests. These shall include the volume or weight of the chemicals and the nature of their packaging. Material safety data sheets for each chemical or reagent shall be sufficient for this purpose.

D. The department's evaluation process may require up to 90 days from the receipt of the written request and all needed materials from the manufacturer.

E. The department will use marijuana plant material to assess those marijuana field tests submitted for evaluation. In order to be approved, the marijuana field test must correctly and consistently react in a clearly observable fashion to the naked eye, and perform in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and claims.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-1110 and 19.2-188.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 9, eff. February 6, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 10, eff. February 27, 2014.

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