Roger Brown is the CEO and President of ACS Laboratory. In honor of last month’s National CBD Day, CBD World News contributor and cannabis journalist Heather Allman interviewed Roger about the state of the industry and ACS Laboratory’s role within it.


CBD World News: Tell me your perspective on the current mainstream madness of CBD. Why do you think the CBD industry has grown so quickly and exponentially since the 2018 Farm Bill? 

Roger Brown: Consumers are excited about natural products. CBD from hemp represents a new entrance into the natural products field and it is federally legal since the Farm Bill execution in December 2018.


CWN: In your opinion, what are some of the ultimate benefits of the current CBD market’s rapid, expansive growth? Drawbacks?

RB: There are many advantages and a few drawbacks. Advantages are derived from quality products manufactured by quality-concerned companies. Drawbacks are derived from companies focused on making a profit without concern for the quality of their products or the efficacy of their labels.


CWN: What is the biggest challenge or barrier that remains in/concerning the CBD industry at large? 

RB: Consistency of product, quality of manufacturing, and efficacy of the label claims remain the biggest challenges in the space. ACS Laboratory has many clients who are manufacturing consistent quality products that maintain the efficacy of their labels. If a manufacturer of CBD products wants a laboratory result that is inaccurate and conforms to their wants rather than the truth, ACS Laboratory is the wrong lab for them.


CWN: What is the biggest obstacle that you’ve professionally encountered concerning the CBD market? 


RB: False laboratory reports.


CWN: Give me an example of your company’s solution to that specific challenge? 

RB: ACS Laboratory always takes the high road. Our level of scientific prowess is far superior to typical cannabis testing labs, and we are creating the standard in the industry as the most trusted laboratory in the country.


CWN: What is one key element of your company’s plan to maintaining your existing high-caliber brand or ancillary service?  

RB: ACS Laboratory prides itself on providing correct and quality results with a rapid turnaround time. Clients can depend on our lab to deliver for those high-quality manufacturers.


About ACS Laboratory 

ACS Laboratory is The Most Trusted Cannabis and Hemp Laboratory in the USA™, earning more Emerald Test Badges for accuracy in testing last year than any other laboratory.  ACS is ISO 17025 accredited, DEA licensed and CLIA licensed with the largest state-of-the-art facility in the eastern USA. Compliant with the USDA’s rules for hemp testing, ACS Laboratory is also contracted by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) as an “Official Designated Laboratory,” for testing Florida Hemp and deemed a “Certified Marijuana Testing Laboratory” by the Florida Department of Health (DOH). Beyond compliance, ACS is committed to innovation, which is why it tests for more cannabinoids than any lab in the eastern USA and continuously develops new protocols to analyze lesser-known toxins. Its 17,500 sq ft facility utilizes industry-leading ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry technology and proprietary protocols to ensure accurate detection. The in-house dedicated scientific team is continuously developing new technology, refining current methods, procedures, and protocols. ACS Laboratory’s continued commitment to educating farmers, manufacturers, makers, and consumers can be seen in its content-rich blog series.

Watch this video about ACS Laboratory, and read the blog for up-to-date information on cannabis science and lab testing for both the hemp and cannabis industries. For more information, visit, or call (813) 670-9157.


Heather Allman

Heather Allman is a U.S. Medical Cannabis Journalist and Certified Cannabis Educator who advocates as a registered Florida patient and regularly contributes to the Cannabis Law Report. She is a member of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses where she holds a seat on their Sustainability National Standards Board.

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