Vice President of Emerging Technologies
RJ LEE Group
Dr. Harry Behzadi is currently 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.
Restrictions on medical marijuana are loosening globally. More than 50 countries, including Australia, Brazil, and Germany, have legalized access to medicinal cannabis. It is estimated that the cannabis market will reach $26B by 2025. Currently 33 states have legalized cannabis to varying degrees, another 14 states have approved use of the product with non-hallucinogenic compounds, Cannabidiol (CBD). While much of the research has focused on public health and criminalization, the environmental implications of commercial-scale cultivation have been largely ignored. The cannabis plant emits of a wide variety of chemicals and compounds. Some 140 of these belong to a large class of aromatic hydrocarbons known as terpenes, classified as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). have not been identified , however when combined with combustion gases emissions they create toxic air pollutants can wreak havoc to the environment. In the presence of sunlight, VOC-like terpenes can react with another called nitrogen oxides (NOx). This reaction results in particulate matter-aerosol r and ozone - both of which are criteria air pollutants based on the Clean Air Act. In this presentation RJ Lee group demonstrates varying technologies for sampling and measuring the concentration of terpenes in air. Additionally, an introduction of real time monitoring and measurement of terpenes in air using PTR-MS technology will be discussed. Real time technology may also be used to assist law enforcement in detecting illegal and black- market cannabis cultivation centers that still exist in our local communities. We have shown that the PTR-MS can detect compounds like terpenes in very low concentrations; the detection limit is as low as 200 parts-per-trillion.