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Local Fairfax Marijuana Defense Attorney Paul McGlone says these are the crucial regulations for Virginia Marijuana Field Tests that any Virginia Marijuana Defense Attorney should be familiar with. If you have any questions regarding a Marijuana Charge, please contact Paul McGlone at 703-273-2750 or 1-888-273-2750.


Fairfax Marijuana Defense Attorney Paul McGlone says that these are the crucial regulations for Virginia Marijuana Field Tests that must be familiar to any Virginia Marijuana Defense Attorney.  

Chapter 50 REGULATIONS FOR THE APPROVAL OF MARIJUANA FIELD TESTS FOR
DETECTION OF MARIJUANA PLANT MATERIAL
Section 10 Definitions
Section 20 Authority for approval
Section 30 Request for approval
Section 40 Notice of approval
Section 50 Maintenance of approved status
Section 60 Publication
Section 70 Liability
Section 80
Fees



Virginia Administrative Code

Database updated through January 25, 2010

Part I 
Definitions

6VAC40-50-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Agency" means any federal, state or local government law-enforcement organization in the Commonwealth.

"Approval authority" means the Director of the Department of Forensic Science or his designee.

"Department" means the Department of Forensic Science.

"List of approved marijuana field tests" means a list of Duquenois-Levine field tests approved by the department for use by law-enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth and periodically published by the department in the Virginia Register of Regulations in accordance with ? 19.2-188.1 B of the Code of Virginia.

"Manufacturer" means any entity that makes or assembles marijuana field tests or marijuana field test kits to be used by any law-enforcement officer or agency in the Commonwealth for the purpose of detecting marijuana plant material.

"Manufacturer's instructions and claims" means those testing procedures, requirements, instructions, precautions and proposed conclusions that are published by the manufacturer and supplied with the marijuana field tests or marijuana field test kits.

"Marijuana" means marijuana as defined in ? 18.2-247 of the Code of Virginia.

"Marijuana field test" means any Duquenois-Levine test unit used outside of a chemical laboratory environment to detect the presence of marijuana plant material.

"Marijuana field test kit" means a combination of individual marijuana field test units.

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.

Part II 
Process for Approval of Field Tests

6VAC40-50-20. Authority for approval.

Section 19.2-188.1 B of the Code of Virginia provides that the Department of Forensic Science shall approve marijuana field tests for use by law-enforcement officers to enable them to testify to the results obtained in any trial for a violation of ? 18.2-250.1 of the Code of Virginia regarding whether or not any plant material, the identity of which is at issue, is marijuana.

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.

6VAC40-50-30. Request for approval.

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

 

Director

 

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. This approval 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 approval. 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.

6VAC40-50-40. Notice of approval.

The department will notify each manufacturer in writing of the approval or disapproval of each test for which approval was requested. Should any test not be approved, the manufacturer may resubmit their request for approval of that marijuana field test according to the previously outlined procedures at any time.

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.

6VAC40-50-50. Maintenance of approved status.

The department may require that this approval be done as often as annually for routine purposes. If any modifications are made to an approved marijuana field test by the manufacturer, the department shall be notified in writing of the changes. If unreported modifications are discovered by the department, the department may require that all testing and approval be repeated for the particular manufacturers' approved marijuana field tests. The department shall notify the manufacturer in writing of this requirement. Any modified marijuana field test must be approved before it can be used in accordance with ? 19.2-188.1 B of the Code of Virginia. These changes shall include, but are not limited to , any chemical, procedural or instructional modifications made to the marijuana field test.

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.

6VAC40-50-60. Publication.

Upon completion of such testing and in concurrence with the approval authority, the department will periodically publish a list of approved marijuana field tests in the General Notices section of the Virginia Register of Regulations. The department will also periodically publish the list on its website. The department may, in addition, provide copies of its approved list to any law-enforcement agency. The department may share any information or data developed from this testing with these agencies.

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.

6VAC40-50-70. Liability.

A. The department assumes no liability as to the safety of these marijuana field tests or marijuana field test kits, any chemicals contained therein or the procedures and instructions by which they are used.

B. The department  further assumes no responsibility for any misuse or incorrect interpretation of results.

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.

Part III 
Fees

6VAC40-50-80. Fees.

Manufacturers will be charged a fee of $50 for each marijuana field test for which individual approval is requested. The department will evaluate the manufacturers' request and notify them in writing of the amount due before testing begins. Manufacturers who wish to withdraw a request for approval shall immediately notify the department in writing of the amount due before testing begins. Manufacturers who wish to withdraw a request for approval shall immediately notify the department in writing. The department's assessment of the amount of payment required will be based upon a detailed evaluation of the manufacturer's request and that amount will be final. Approval will not be granted before full payment is made to the Treasurer of Virginia.

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.




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