Testing Labs

MA police find marijuana extract samples outside lab serving most dispensaries

Local police found hundreds of vials with extracted cannabis in a dumpster behind a Massachusetts marijuana testing lab that provides services for almost all the state’s medical cannabis retailers. MCR Labs, headquartered in Framingham about 20 miles west of Boston, was one of the first two labs in Massachusetts approved by the state’s Cannabis Control […]

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Louisiana cannabis grower raises questions about state’s MMJ testing blueprint

Louisiana’s only operating medical marijuana grower is uneasy about the state’s plan to test the crop itself instead of using third-party laboratories. The president of licensed grower GB Sciences Louisiana, John Davis, said the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s new regulatory scheme complicates procedures such as appealing contested test results. “If I disagree … or […]

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California marijuana industry braces for ‘another enormous burden’ from next phase of testing costs

A new round of regulations in California will cause laboratory testing fees to increase more than 40%-55% for some of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators as well as makers of concentrates and infused products, according to industry experts. The so-called Phase 3 rules take effect Dec. 31. They require all harvested cannabis and marijuana products […]

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Denver firm’s voluntary recall of marijuana products affects several dispensaries

Doctor’s Orders, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Denver, is voluntarily recalling marijuana products that had elevated levels of mold and yeast, the alt-weekly Westword newspaper reported. According to the city’s Department of Public Health and Environment, at least 10 dispensaries that carry Doctor’s Orders products are affected by the recall. The public health agency said […]

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Pesticides spur MA medical marijuana retail closures; 700 batches failed CA testing

Cannabis cultivators, product manufacturers, retailers and laboratories coast-to-coast are facing closure, failed mandatory tests and increased scrutiny from regulators over pesticide concerns. In Massachusetts, the state’s health department ordered medical marijuana dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth to shut because of concerns a cultivation facility used pesticides, which is prohibited for MMJ cultivation under state regulations. According […]

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Week in Review: Phony CA lab data, Utah gov signs medical marijuana bill & ex-Sweet Leaf execs jailed

The results of hundreds of marijuana lab tests in California are alleged to have been falsified, Utah’s governor signs a compromise medical cannabis bill, and two former executives from MJ retailer Sweet Leaf land in jail. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. California lab fallout repercussions The […]

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Ohio now anticipates some medical cannabis sales in December

A starting point might finally be in sight for Ohio’s long-delayed medical marijuana market. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce said small amounts of cannabis likely will be available for sale before the end of the year. The agency’s Kerry Francis told The Columbus Dispatch that the state’s first harvested marijuana plants are expected […]

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Louisiana medical marijuana sales delayed by lack of testing lab

A failure to find an independent testing lab will delay medical marijuana sales in Louisiana at least until January, roughly two months after the market was originally anticipated to launch. The lack of an independent lab also means Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture department will handle product testing for now, The Advocate reported. GB Sciences, one […]

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Massachusetts OKs two cannabis testing labs, clearing way for adult-use sales

Massachusetts regulators on Thursday issued final licenses to two marijuana-testing laboratories, paving the way for the launch of the Bay State’s much-delayed recreational cannabis program. Rec sales are expected to begin within weeks. The market had been scheduled to launch July 1. According to MassLive.com, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission granted licenses to: MCR Labs […]

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Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

“Growing pains” is an understatement to describe Southern California’s tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1 are rattling what was already a turbulent part of the California MJ industry. The industry there also is suffering from product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market. Moreover, Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses […]

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Louisiana’s first medical cannabis harvest to start this week

The first legal crop of medical marijuana in Louisiana is set to be harvested this week. However, testing is still necessary before product can ship, and the state hasn’t yet selected a third-party laboratory. The licensed grower working with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center, GB Sciences, expects to start the drying process by next week, The […]

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Hawaii lab rejects more than 20% of medical marijuana tested

Hawaii’s first and biggest cannabis testing lab is sending back a sizable percentage of the medical marijuana it tests for contaminants. Honolulu-based Steep Hill Hawaii is rejecting 20%-30% of the marijuana that comes through its doors, according to Hawaii News Now. Michael Covington, chief operations officer for Steep Hill Hawaii, told the news outlet that 95% […]

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