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First lab applies for Maine recreational cannabis testing license

Nelson Analytics became the first lab in Maine to apply for a certification to test adult-use marijuana in the state.

Testing for pesticides, heavy metals and residual solvents likely won’t begin until Maine’s recreational marijuana market has been up and running for a year, according to state officials.

Three more labs are expected to apply for lab testing licenses before adult-use sales begin in March, according to the Portland Press Herald.

In addition to the lab application, according to the newspaper, the state has received 76 rec marijuana business license applications – 38 for retail stores, 27 for cultivation facilities and 11 for manufacturing operations.

– Associated Press

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