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Florida Opens Its Sixth Cannabis Testing Lab

May 24, 2021

Florida Opens Its Sixth Cannabis Testing Lab

Leo Bear-McGuinness
Science Writer & Editor

A new cannabis and hemp testing facility has been licensed in Florida.

In a press statement on May 13, Method Testing Labs announced that it had received a Certified Marijuana Testing Laboratory (CMTL) status from the Florida Department of Health.

Based in the city of Tampa, the lab is the sixth such company in the state to be approved to test cannabis. The facility aims to test products for both potencies (cannabinoid and terpene) as well as contaminants, such as heavy metals and pesticides.

According to Florida’s Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), Method Testing Labs is currently approved to test products for:

  • Water activity, moisture, and filth and foreign material testing fields in all matrix groups.
  • Cannabinoids and heavy metals testing fields in the usable whole flower and derivatives products matrix groups.
  • Combined total yeast and mold in the usable whole flower matrix group.

The process for providing cannabis samples for such tests has also been entirely digitized, according to Method Testing Labs’ managers.

“Product safety and transparency of results is key to third-party lab operations and truly sets apart our lab from others,” Rob Radke, the lab’s president, said in a statement.

“We have digitized the entire sample testing process, and every step in the sample testing process is reviewed by industry experienced chemists, microbiologists and quality managers. It’s essential that we support the MMTCs to ensure product safety for their patients in Florida, and to provide our customers with the best service possible.”

The OMMU issued its first CMTL status in July last year to Kaycha Labs, which operates two cannabis facilities in Florida, based in Davie and Gainesville. Since then, the state department has licensed ACS Laboratory, Modern Canna Labs, Green Scientific, AccuScience Laboratories, and Method Testing Labs.

Florida legalized medical cannabis use in March 2019. Under state regulations, medical marijuana testing labs can acquire, possess, test, transport, and lawfully dispose of medical cannabis only if licensed to do so by the OMMU.

 

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