Why Can’t Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Labs Also Test Recreational?

That’s the million-dollar question

By early next month, it will be two years since Massachusetts voters declared they wanted marijuana legalized for recreational use by approving a ballot question.

But not one recreational marijuana shop has been permitted to open.

State law requires samples be tested to ensure that marijuana products are safe to ingest. A big reason for the delay is the state has yet to grant final certification to laboratories to do such testing on recreational marijuana — even though labs have been testing marijuana for medicinal use for years.

“It’s the same clients, the same product and the same kind of testing,” said Christopher Hudalla, chief scientific officer of ProVerde Laboratories in Milford, one of three labs the state has certified to test medical marijuana.


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