Massachusetts Opens Next Round of Cannabis Business Licenses

Applications for a variety of Massachusetts canna-businesses are now open including craft cooperatives, micro-businesses, transporters, independent testing laboratories, and lab agents, the Boston Business Journal reports. According to the report, 312 applications have already been submitted to the Cannabis Control Commission, but just 25 have completed at least one part of the four-part process. The […]

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No Laboratories Apply for Guam MMJ Testing License; Program on Hold

Not a single company has applied for a medical cannabis testing license in Guam, putting the start of the program on hold, the Associated Press reports. The program was approved by voters in 2014 and Gov. Eddie Calvo approved the regulations last February. The law requires potency and safety testing. Department of Public Health and […]

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Alaska Lab Forced to Close After Bank Calls in Loan on Building Citing Federal Law

Anchorage, Alaska’s Steep Hill has been forced to suspend operations after Wells Fargo bank called in the loan on the company’s building because they are a cannabis-related business. The closure leaves just two labs to test cannabis products for the entire state. “We are sorry to announce that Steep Hill Alaska will be suspending cannabis […]

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Arizona Senate Passes MMJ Testing Bill, Moves to House

Arizona’s Senate has approved a measure to test medical cannabis products in the state 27-3. The testing regime, which is required in all other states with medical cannabis laws, would require testing for both impurities and THC content. The legislation would also require that medical cannabis products sold in the state are labeled correctly and […]

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Guam Gov. Signs MMJ Regulations Bill

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has approved the island’s medical cannabis rules and regulations after more than three years of legal and political wrangling, Pacific Daily News reports. Medical cannabis was legalized on the U.S. territory in 2014; however, the measure did not include infrastructure regulations, rendering the legalization measure moot. The rules require seed-to-sale tracking […]

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Arizona Bill Would Require MMJ Testing, Reduce Patient Card Fees

A measure introduced in Arizona’s Senate would require medical cannabis testing for mold and agricultural chemicals and reduce the annual fees paid by cardholders from $150 to $50, and just $25 for a renewal. The measure, introduced by Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli, would use $2 million from the state’s medical cannabis fund to test the products. […]

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Ohio MMJ Regulators Get 7 Applications for Private Testing Labs

Seven private companies have applied to test medical cannabis in Ohio, bringing the total number of testing laboratory candidates in the state to nine – along with Hocking Technical College and Central State University. The state’s medical cannabis law originally required testing to be performed by institutes of higher education; however, regulators opened up the […]

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Northern Michigan University Receives Grant to Purchase Cannabis Testing Instrument

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, providers of cannabis testing instruments, has awarded a grant to Northern Michigan University for the purchase of a triple quadrupole liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer for students enrolled in NMU’s medicinal plant chemistry program. The device is widely used in the cannabis industry, screening for pesticides and analyzing mycotoxins. “Over the last few […]

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Hawaii Licenses 2nd Testing Lab

Hawaii’s second medical cannabis testing lab has been licensed and can begin testing products immediately, according to a KITV report. Pharmlab Hawaii is expected to test products for dispensaries on Maui; Steep Hill Hawaii, located in Oahu, was approved to test products in July and until now have been the sole testing facility in the […]

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Maryland’s First MMJ Crop Sent to Testing Lab; Still No Firm Rollout Date

Maryland’s first medical cannabis crop, grown by ForwardGro, has been sent to a testing laboratory; however, officials still do not yet have a timetable when it will be available for patients, the Baltimore Sun reports. The crop was sent to the lab to help calibrate its machines before it can be properly tested and made […]

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Ohio’s Central State University Applies to Test MMJ

Columbus Ohio’s Central State University has applied to operate a medical cannabis testing lab, joining Hocking College as the only two universities to apply to the state by the Sept. 22 deadline, the Dayton Daily News reports. Hocking College, a two-year technical school based in Nelsonville, announced their intent earlier this month. Under Ohio’s medical […]

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Hocking College to Apply for Ohio MMJ Testing License, Launch Cannabis Lab Major

Hocking College, a two-year technical school in Nelsonville, Ohio, announced that they intend to serve as a cannabis testing facility as required by the state’s medical cannabis law – and are, so far, the only institute of higher education in the state to make public their interest in the sector. Under state law, cannabis testing […]

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Hawaii Dispensary Moves to Appointment Only Amidst Product Shortage

Hawaii’s first licensed dispensary must close for two days and change their operating hours after the company’s products didn’t clear state testing certification by Saturday. Maui Grown Therapies opened for the first time last week after the Department of Health granted a license to Steep Hill Hawaii to test medical cannabis products. “Due to high […]

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North Dakota Health Officials Accepting Applications for MMJ Testing Labs

The North Dakota Health Department is seeking non-binding letters of intent from laboratories interested in testing medical cannabis products once the voter-approved system comes online, the Associated Press reports. Health officials anticipate qualified patients will have access to medical cannabis products by late spring or early summer 2018. The state’s law allows two “compassion centers” […]

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Alex Hoggan: Staying the Course Amid Changing Regulations

Alex Hoggan is the founder of ChemHistory, a cannabis testing lab based outside of Portland, Oregon. In this episode of the Ganjaprenuer.com podcast, Alex joins our host TG Branfalt to discuss the early days of Oregon’s cannabis testing landscape, the intricacies of pesticide testing under Oregon’s  strict testing rules, the regulatory switch last October that […]

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Ohio College Agrees to Partner with Cannabis Testing Firm

An Ohio college has signed a letter of intent with cannabis testing laboratory CCV Research which should eliminate the risk of delays to the medical cannabis program roll-out because, under the state law, labs are required to partner with higher education institutes but until now none had decided to participate. Dr. Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV […]

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First Lab Licensed to Test Medical Cannabis in Hawaii

Hawaii’s patients are one step closer to finally gaining access to medical cannabis dispensaries more than two years after the passage of the state’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary program law as the Department of Health has licensed Steep Hill Hawaii to test medical cannabis products, Maui Now reports. Keith Ridley, chief of the Health Department’s Office […]

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Maine Bill Would Pass Cannabis Testing Duties to Department of Agriculture

A bill that would require the Maine Department of Agriculture to test cannabis before it is sold to adults passed the House of Representatives 101-32, according to a Press Herald report. The vote follows a 17-0 vote by the special committee convened to hash out the state’s adult-use cannabis industry regulations. The measure faces further […]

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Confidence Analytics: Peeking Inside a Cannabis Testing Lab

Confidence Analytics is an I-502 cannabis testing laboratory in Washington state. Their 9,000 square-foot facility is located in Redmond and has been in operation since April 2014. They were the second lab in the state to become certified and performed the first tests of product samples under the I-502 adult-use marketplace. We recently had the chance to […]

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Hawaii MMJ Operators Waiting for Regulators to Certify Testing Labs

Medical cannabis business owners in Hawaii are still waiting for regulators to certify laboratories to test their products, as the program infrastructure is in place but after more than a year sales have yet to occur, the Associated Press reports. Helen Cho, director of integrated strategy for Aloha Green Holdings, said her dispensary in Oahu […]

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First Dispensary-Destined Cannabis Crop Harvested in Hawaii

Aloha Green Holdings in Oahu, Hawaii is the first medical cannabis dispensary to harvest their crop, the first commercial cannabis crop in the state, according to a Pacific Business News report. The company, who was the first of eight companies to receive cannabis dispensary licenses, announced the harvest this week. However, Aloha Green now awaits the certification of […]

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Ohio MMJ Requirements for University Testing Could Cause Delays

Ohio’s medical cannabis proposal requires public universities to conduct product tests, which could delay the program due to equipment costs, and application and operation fees, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report. Under the plan, private laboratories are barred from testing medical cannabis for one year, the testing application fee is $2,000, and the operation fee […]

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Nevada Cannabis Lab Earns International Regulatory Accreditation

As Nevada begins its transition to an adult-use market, 374 Labs, a licensed Sparks, Nevada-based cannabis testing laboratory, has become the first cannabis testing lab in the state to earn ISO 17025 accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization, Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports. Dr. Jeff Angermann, assistant professor at the Reno School of Community […]

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Roger Brauninger: Cannabis Lab Accreditation

Roger Brauninger is the Biosafety Program Manager for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) — a non-profit, internationally recognized accreditation service that offers a full range of comprehensive laboratory and laboratory-related accreditation services and training. In the following interview, Roger discusses why accreditation programs are so important in validating the cannabis industry, typical issues A2LA might encounter […]

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