Two labs authorized to start testing marijuana for recreational pot shops

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Two labs have been authorized by the Cannabis Control Commission to start testing marijuana and pot-products for recreational retail shops Wednesday.

According to CCC Spokesperson Maryalice Gill, MCR Labs in Framingham and CDX Analytics in Salem received the authorization after they satisfied specified conditions, passed inspections, and fingerprinted lab agents.

Gill said additionally, labs had to become established in Metrc, a mandatory seed-to-sale tracking system that records and verifies when production batches have been passed. 

“When Massachusetts voters legalized adult-use cannabis, they communicated a desire to purchase products that are safely regulated and properly tested,” Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins said. “The Commission has done scrupulous due diligence to make that vision a reality and ensure licensed independent testing labs maximize public health and public safety.”

Before beginning operations for recreational pot shops, the labs have a minimum of three calender days to coordinate opening day logistics with their host community, local law enforcement, marijuana establishment colleagues, and other stakeholders.

Both labs already test medical marijuana products.

In total, the CCC approved 64 provisional licenses of which 12 final licenses have been approved toward implementing recreational pot shops in Massachusetts. 

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