Testing company being reviewed; PharmLabs Hawaii applies to be state-certified lab for medical marijuana dispensaries – Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)
Hawaii’s soon-to-open medical marijuana dispensaries could have at least one place to send cannabis for testing.
The state Department of Health is reviewing an application from PharmLabs Hawaii LLC, an expansion of a San Diego-based marijuana laboratory testing company called PharmLabs LLC.
Hawaii law requires dispensaries to have a “statistically representative sample” of any marijuana or manufactured marijuana product tested by a state-certified lab prior to sale.
The department hadn’t received any applications for labs seeking state certification until this month, spurring some to question whether any would be available by the time dispensaries were ready to open. Now, in addition to PharmLabs Hawaii, the DOH is aware of “a couple other (prospective) applicants that are interested” in applying, department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said last week.
Earlier this month, the DOH signed a contract for a web-based, seed-to-sale medical marijuana tracking system with Florida-based BioTrackTHC, clearing another requirement before dispensaries can legally open.
PharmLabs Hawaii founder Greg Magdoff said he expects the DOH to approve its application in the coming weeks. Should that happen, the company could begin testing in early 2017.
Magdoff said he has family on Maui and has traveled to the island for decades.
“I really call (Hawaii) home,” he told the Tribune-Herald last week. “I’ve spoken to a lot of the licensees and I want them to understand that we understand aloha and we really do carry that. It’s really important to me to be a part of that.”
PharmLabs Hawaii would base testing on Maui but serve dispensaries statewide through locally based hubs, Magdoff said. The company uses a robotic sample preparation system in order to reduce the need for human technicians and increase reproducibility and accuracy, Magdoff said. It’s equipped to run more than 100 samples each day, he added.
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