Nevada Cannabis Lab Raises Testing Bar
374 Labs, a Nevada state-certified cannabis testing laboratory, received ISO 17025 accreditation in December, making it the first and only cannabis laboratory in the state to receive the prestigious accreditation.
“As Nevada transitions into an adult-use marijuana market, it’s very important that the state’s cannabis testing laboratories are held to the highest standards – and ISO 17025 is a requirement of top testing laboratories in all industries from biotech to forensics in most major countries,” said Dr. Jeff Angermann, assistant professor in the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Community Health Sciences.
374 Labs continues to lead the charge for accurate and consistent cannabis testing in Nevada, and was the driving force in starting Nevada’s medical marijuana laboratory round-robin testing program. Nevada’s round robin program is jointly administered by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) and the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and is unique in that is takes actual marijuana samples and has each state cannabis lab perform a full sample analysis, comparing results among labs to ensure consistency throughout the testing process.
“In other states proficiency involves testing pre-prepared, purified samples and neglects the challenges of coaxing out delicate analytes from the complex array of compounds found in actual marijuana,” said Laboratory Director Jason Strull. “I commend the DPBH and NDA for facilitating such an advanced quality program.”
Another area of cannabis safety that 374 Labs has contributed to in Nevada is the organic-style certification of cannabis. 374 Labs has partnered with the nationally-recognized Clean Green program to provide inspections for facilities seeking Clean Green certification. Clean Green takes the requirements of USDA organic certification and applies them to the cannabis industry.
“Nevada allows certain levels of pesticides like Myclobutanil on its certified marijuana, so we wanted a way for patients and consumers to able to distinguish marijuana that is grown using organic methods,” said Laboratory Director Jason Strull.