Oregon Cannabis Testing Labs

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Does Oregon License Independent Cannabis Testing Labs?

Independent laboratories in Oregon are given licenses to conduct cannabis testing in the state. Marijuana testing laboratories in the state must obtain licenses from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) and accreditation from the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP).

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) mandates cannabis testing facilities to meet state’s requirements in order to legally run one. The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission is responsible for licensing laboratories for recreational marijuana testing. On the other hand, medical marijuana testing laboratories must register with the OHA. However, Oregon allows licensed testing laboratories to test both recreational and medical marijuana.

Requirements for Marijuana Testing Labs in Oregon

Oregon does not require a cannabis testing facility to obtain a license from a third-party accreditation body such as the International Standard Organization (ISO). Such testing laboratories are accredited by ORELAP and obtain accreditation according to The NELAC Institute (TNI) standard. It is mandatory for state-licensed testing facilities to be endorsed by ORELAP and OLLC. Also, these laboratories must perform testing and sampling according to their accreditations.

Oregon Required Tests for Cannabis Products

Oregon requires that marijuana products are tested for the following:

  • Water Activity/Moisture Content
  • Pesticides
  • Delta-9 THC
  • Delta-9
  • THCa
  • CBD
  • CBDa
  • Heavy Metals
  • Delta-8 THC
  • Mycotoxins
  • Microbiological Contaminants

How Do Oregon Marijuana Testing Labs Submit and Report Test Results?

In Oregon, failed test results must be reported to the OHA or OLCC by testing laboratories within 24 hours. Test results must be reported at the same time or before reporting to growers or processors. Marijuana testing laboratories may subcontract tests to other licensed laboratories in accordance with the Oregon Administrative Rules. If tests are subcontracted to other laboratories, the initial laboratory is responsible for reporting results to the OHA or OLCC. To report failed test results, marijuana testing licensees must send cannabis test results notification form and test results to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program by mail. This mail must be sent to OMMP.Labs@odhsoha.oregon.gov

How Much Does It Cost to Test Cannabis in Oregon?

Laboratories like PREE and Rose City list their prices for cannabis tests on their websites. For example, a 5-Day pesticide test costs $150 at PREE but costs $190 at Rose City Laboratories LLC. Oregon growers, processors and other marijuana licensees can visit the laboratories’ websites for their complete price lists.

What Happens to Cannabis Products That Fail Lab Tests in Oregon?

Oregon requires licensed laboratories to follow certain protocols when cannabis products fail laboratory tests. Failed cannabis tests may be reanalysed, retested, or remediated according to the rules of the Oregon Health Authority. However, a cannabis product that fails a pesticide test must be destroyed immediately with the permission of the OLCC. If a batch of cannabis fails pesticide test, the OHA must report the result to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

If a retest results in a failure, the batch may also be remediated or destroyed. To reanalyse a failed sample, a licensee must make a request within 7 days of the result in the initial laboratory at the same time mailing the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission at marijuana@oregon.gov. Reanalysis must be completed by the laboratory within 30 days from the date reanalysis was requested. For cannabis products to pass retest, they must be tested twice and pass the two tests that they failed originally.

Producers and growers can request for the remediation of cannabis products that fail test or retest. Remediation must occur with the permission of OLCC. A batch of marijuana that fails remediation or sterilization must be destroyed according to the rules of OHA or Oregon Department of Agriculture.

List of Cannabis Testing Labs in Oregon

According to the Oregon Health Authority, cannabis testing laboratories must appear on both ORELAP and OLCC lists. Consequently, there are currently 8 laboratories in Oregon that are both on the ORELAP and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Control list of licensed laboratories.

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