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Rhode Island Licenses its First Medical Cannabis Lab

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Jul 21, 2020   
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Authorities in Rhode Island have approved the state’s first cannabis testing lab.

A first for the Ocean State

In accordance with the US state’s regulations, all medical marijuana product samples must be analyzed by analytical laboratories licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

As reported by the Providence Journal, the state’s first license has been awarded to the Warwick-based Green Peaks Analytical.

A division of the environmental testing company R.I. Analytical Laboratories, Green Peaks has the capability to test for over 35 residual solvents, over 20 terpenes, 10 cannabinoids, and a variety of heavy metals and microbials, according to its website.

Up until Green Peaks’ approval, any medical cannabis sold in Rhode Island dispensaries had either been tested by growers, by the dispensaries, or by unlicensed, private labs.

According to the state department of health, consultations will soon be had with patients, growers, and licensed sellers to determine when legal cannabis must list potency totals on labels.

Rhode Island’s state government legalized medical cannabis use in 2006.


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