Testing Labs

July 1 could be ‘extinction event’ for some California cannabis businesses

Many California marijuana companies are worried if they will survive past the state’s July 1 deadline for complying with a comprehensive set of readopted and updated emergency regulations. The deadline to sell product that hasn’t passed mandated tests might even prove an “extinction event” for businesses struggling to comply, observed Pamela Epstein, founder of Los […]

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North Dakota to license two medical marijuana manufacturers, testing lab

North Dakota health officials selected two medical marijuana growers/manufacturers to advance in the state’s cannabis business licensing process, although they must still meet several other requirements before becoming fully licensed. State regulators also settled on a testing lab company. According to a news release from the Medical Marijuana Division of the North Dakota Department of […]

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Cannabis testing lab operator Steep Hill expands to Mexico, six European markets

California-based Steep Hill Labs, a prominent cannabis testing lab, has announced plans to expand operations to Mexico and six western European markets, further broadening the company’s global footprint. This is yet another example of a company using its Canadian presence to springboard into the growing international cannabis market. According to a news release, the licensee for Steep […]

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Washington state cannabis businesses want mandatory pesticide testing, worrying small growers

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers. Some cultivators hope such a move – already adopted in other states – would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales. But smaller growers – already […]

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Steep Hill wins IP court case with New Mexico, competing medical cannabis lab

In a triumph involving intellectual property rights, California-based Steep Hill Labs won an emergency protective order against the state of New Mexico and a competitor over the disclosure of trade secrets. Steep Hill filed suit in early April against the two entities after learning that Santa Fe-based Scepter Lab had obtained Steep Hill’s standard operating procedures from the state […]

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Guam’s medical cannabis program on hold as it awaits testing lab applicants

No one has applied for a license to set up an independent medical marijuana testing laboratory in Guam, nearly two months after Gov. Eddie Calvo signed into law a bill implementing the rules for an MMJ program, a high-ranking official said. According to the Pacific Daily News, the U.S. territory’s medical cannabis program can’t start without a […]

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California testing labs expect marijuana ‘bottleneck’ in July

Marijuana testing labs are going to be the gatekeepers for California’s legal cannabis industry come July 1, when only lab-tested products may be sold by licensed retailers. And that means this summer could become a pain for any licensed cannabis company in the Golden State since most labs are predicting a shortage of testing services, […]

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Steep Hill to close Alaska cannabis testing lab

One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down, leaving the state’s cannabis growers with only two options for mandated testing. Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post that the lab is “suspending cannabis testing operations on March 31,” the Juneau Empire reported. The lab said it has to relocate […]

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Week in Review: CA cannabis rollout hinders sales, Arizona mulls MMJ testing & Maine rules delayed

Scotts Miracle-Gro says California’s slow implementation of marijuana regulations is hurting sales, Arizona considers medical cannabis testing, and Maine’s governor delays MMJ regulations. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Scotts’ sales decline Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO James Hagedorn said California’s slow rollout of regulations has hindered […]

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Move afoot to test Arizona’s medical cannabis for mold, pesticides

A Republican lawmaker has persuaded nearly the entire Arizona legislature to sign on in support of his proposal to require medical marijuana to be tested for mold and agricultural chemicals. The proposal from Sen. Sonny Borrelli would appropriate $2 million from the state’s huge medical marijuana fund to do the testing. Borrelli has 78 co-sponsors […]

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Alaska scrutinizing two cannabis testing labs

Two marijuana testing facilities in Alaska are being audited by a state agency amid concerns about discrepancies in potency-testing results between the sites. The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Health Laboratory is conducting the audits of CannTest and Steep Hill Alaska. Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, recommended the audit in […]

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