Testing Labs

Alaska to probe erratic cannabis potency results at state’s labs

A committee will look at issues surrounding the testing of marijuana products amid inconsistency in potency results from Alaska’s two labs, the state’s top marijuana regulator said. However, Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, told Anchorage TV station KTVA she couldn’t estimate know how long that process might take. During a […]

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Multistate marijuana testing firm expanding into Oregon

Steep Hill, one of the largest U.S. cannabis testing labs, is expanding into Oregon – a move that will give the company a presence in eight states. The California-based company has licensed its brand and testing technology to a local Oregon partner, Dr. Carl Balog, an anesthesiologist who already owns a medical toxicology lab, according […]

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First medical cannabis testing labs approved in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has approved two medical marijuana testing labs, marking another milestone for the state on its way toward rolling out a new MMJ program. Michigan-based ACT Laboratories and Pennsylvania-based Keystone State Testing received two-year licenses from the state health department, Pennlive.com reported. Both labs are in the final stages of building out their operations and are […]

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Second Ohio college steps forward to test medical marijuana

A second college in Ohio has put its name on the list to test medical marijuana. Central State University – a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio – has joined Hocking College in Nelsonville in applying for a permit to test cannabis for the state’s developing program, according to radio station WOSU. Central State is […]

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Nevada suspends Las Vegas marijuana testing lab’s license

A testing lab in Las Vegas has been temporarily shut down, a first for the state’s new recreational marijuana program. No reason has been given for the Department of Taxation’s decision to suspend G3 Labs’ business license on Aug. 24, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. A department spokeswoman indicated G3 Labs wasn’t in compliance but said […]

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Lab vies for Arkansas medical cannabis testing contract

At least one laboratory is throwing its hat in the ring to test medical marijuana in Arkansas. And with more than 300 applications submitted so far for the state’s five cultivation and 32 dispensary licenses, the MMJ program is starting to take shape. According to KATV, Little Rock-based Marygold Laboratories is planning to spend $1.1 […]

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Ohio to begin taking medical cannabis dispensary applications

Ohio regulators will soon be taking applications for the 60 medical marijuana dispensary licenses up for grabs in the state. Prospective dispensary owners will have a two-week window – Nov. 3-Nov. 17 – to submit their applications, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Each applicant will pay a $5,000 fee. License winners will fork out a $70,000 operating […]

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Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules

By Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges don’t violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report. However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move. The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” according to the […]

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Out-of-state marijuana labs show interest in North Dakota

Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota, which is setting up an MMJ program approved by voters last year. State officials had expressed concern about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing. Out-of-state companies “have […]

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Several factors led to Hawaii’s flawed medical marijuana launch

By Bart Schaneman

When Hawaii’s two operational medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close just days after opening, a laboratory bottleneck was blamed for a supply disruption.

But participants in the fledgling MMJ program said the state’s only functioning lab isn’t at fault. Instead, they pointed to a number of other factors for their problems.

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North Dakota seeks medical cannabis testing lab

North Dakota is in the market for a testing laboratory for its nascent medical marijuana program. The chosen lab will be responsible for collecting and testing samples from marijuana cultivators in the state, the Forum News Service reported. Each sample will be tested for: Microbiological contaminants Mycotoxins Active pesticide ingredients Residual solvent Heavy metals THC […]

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