Friday July 31st marked the first legal sale of medical marijuana in the State of Nevada with the opening of Silver State Relief’s dispensary in Sparks.
Having certified Silver State Relief’s product, 374 Labs is proud to be the first marijuana laboratory in Nevada to certify medical marijuana for sale. As part of the state’s medical marijuana program, all medical cannabis must be tested by a state certified laboratory prior to being sold to patients. 374 Labs worked with Silver State Cultivation to analyze nine batches of medical marijuana for their grand opening last Friday. The state of Nevada requires eight assays to be performed on all medical marijuana flower that will be sold in the state, including visual inspection, moisture content, heavy metals screening, microbial screening, mycotoxin screening, terpene profiling, cannabinoid profiling, and pesticide residue determination.
Until late July 2015, the Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health and the Nevada Department of Agriculture were still working on developing the final pesticide monitoring list. This uncertainty left laboratories and the industry as a whole in a holding pattern awaiting clarification of the regulations. With the final pesticide policy in place, 374 Labs was able to validate pesticide analytical methods using a combination of Liquid Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).
374 Labs will disseminate an updated newsletter pertaining to the State’s testing policy following the ILAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday August 5th.
Attached please find a link to a recent article in the Reno Gazette Journal regarding the dispensary opening: