Nevada shuts down fourth marijuana testing lab

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Citing a “zero-tolerance policy,” Nevada regulators have suspended the licenses of four of the state’s nine testing labs since July.

The state’s Department of Taxation, which took over regulating the industry last summer, shut down the four labs for “not following proper procedures,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The agency most recently suspended the license of Las Vegas-based Digipath Labs on Jan. 19.

Suspensions previously were handed down to Las Vegas-based G3 Labs and RSR Analytical Laboratories as well as Certified Ag Lab in Sparks. RSR and Certified’s licenses have been reinstated.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Nevada law mandates that marijuana businesses test all products through an independent lab before selling to customers.
  • No licenses for retail stores, growers or processors have been suspended since the tax department began regulating the marijuana program.
  • Digipath said in statement that it plans to submit details to the tax department on how it will correct its operations to get its license back.
  • The company drew the ire of regulators last June when it sent an email promoting a third-party event that paired marijuana with food. After the event was canceled, Digipath avoided punishment by donating $50,000 to a medical study on substance abuse.