Oregon Issues First Licenses for Marijuana Testing Labs

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Oregon cannabis regulators have licensed a pair of marijuana testing labs, the first such permits for what will be a centerpiece of the upcoming adult-use market.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which is overseeing the new recreational market and all license applicants, issued business permits for Pixis Labs and Green Leaf Lab, the Oregonian reported Tuesday. Both labs are in Portland.

The OLCC hopes to license four more labs by the beginning of October, out of a total of 17 that submitted applications for permits.

Among the regulatory hurdles, all labs must obtain a separate state accreditation before they’re eligible for OLCC licensing.

Oregon’s recreational market is expected to fully launch later this year.

Testing for pesticides and potency will be required for all rec samples before they’re allowed to be sold to consumers, as is the case for medical marijuana currently. The OLCC has estimated that labs will be testing roughly 2,500 samples per month to keep pace with demand.