Laboratory on Maui to Test Potency of Hawaiʻi Cannabis

August 19, 2016, 2:41 PM HST · Updated August 22, 1:25 PM
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A mainland-based laboratory is expanding to Hawaiʻi with a facility on Maui that will offer cannabis testing as the state’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program gets underway.

PharmLabs Hawaiʻi LLC will be offering laboratory testing and analytic services to ensure consumers have access to safe medicine.

The ISO 17025 accredited laboratory will offer testing that is compliant with the State of Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program.  The main laboratory and headquarters will be located in Kahului on Hoʻokele Street, behind Home Depot.

PharmLabs Hawaiʻi is in process of a narcotics license, DEA license and final approval with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Health.  Company representatives say equipment is being installed and calibrated now so the lab should be up and operational shortly.

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According to PharmLabs LLC services to the Hawaiian Islands will become available late this summer of 2016.

PharmLabs officials commented that “PharmLabs Hawaiʻi will provide services on Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi which are all of the four islands participating in the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program.”

PharmLabs Hawaiʻi will test all forms of cannabis for potency, terpenes, residual solvents, microbiological contamination, heavy metals and pesticides.

“The expansion of PharmLabs to Hawaiʻi will permit medical cannabis patients in Hawaiʻi access to safe medicines ensuring the health of the consumers. Soon to open State-Licensed Dispensaries will be armed with necessary testing services to be able to provide their patients with clean, safe and appropriately dosed medicine. Using testing standards made to comply with the Hawaii Administrative Rules of Title 11, Chapter 850 for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, PharmLabs is synonymous with safety, compliance and accuracy,” a company announcement stated.

PharmLabs opened its first cannabis laboratory in San Diego, 2011. PharmLabs is owned & operated by native Californian Greg Magdoff. PharmLabs was one of the first ISO 17025 certified cannabis labs in the US and has received proficiency ring testing gold badges of +/- 2% in Potency and Residual Solvent testing from Emerald Scientific.

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