Article by Graham Abbott, Ganjapreneur
Alaska’s first cannabis testing laboratory opened up for business on Monday, launching the state further toward its official, finalized recreational marketplace.
CannTest LLC — located in an Anchorage industrial zone — is Alaska’s premier cannabis testing lab. The lab opened on Monday and is now accepting cannabis products from cannabis retailers, manufacturers, and commercial and private growers.
“It’s been a long road and I’m happy to see it finally starting to move,” CannTest’s CEO Mark Malagodi told Alaska Dispatch News. “We get to play a real part and (provide) a real service to people.”
The launch of the recreational marketplace has essentially hinged on CannTest’s opening: like most other state laws allowing the commercial sale of marijuana products, Alaska’s new cannabis infrastructure requires that all products sold to consumers must first be tested for potency and harmful microbials.
There are two other cannabis labs hoping to open this winter: AK Green Labs LLC, which in September announced plans to open sometime in November in Anchorage; and Southeast Alaska Laboratories LLC, a Juneau-based lab whose application remains under review by state officials.