Multistate marijuana testing firm expanding into Oregon

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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 to a Steep Hill news release.

Balog will open Steep Hill Oregon in the second quarter of 2018 in Portland.

In addition to testing cannabis before it goes to market, Balog will aid in Steep Hill’s research into further medical applications for marijuana.

Steep Hill already has labs operating in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico and Washington state, according to its website.

The company has further plans to continue expansion across the United States and globally, according to the release.