Health department seeks proposals for lab to test medical marijuana

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is accepting requests for proposals for a laboratory to conduct compliance testing for its medical marijuana program. The proposals will be accepted until 3 p.m. April 19.

The selected laboratory will be responsible for conducting tests of marijuana and usable marijuana.

“Selecting a laboratory to conduct compliance testing helps ensure that products are safe for registered qualifying patients,” said Jason Wahl, director of the state’s Medical Marijuana Division.

Testing will also be conducted for pesticides, microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, solvents, water activity, moisture content and THC and CBD concentration levels. Registered manufacturing facilities are required by state law to pay the costs for testing.

“While the state isn’t paying for the cost of compliance tests, we recognize that testing prices impact the final cost of the products. Therefore, proposals received will be evaluated on cost, and costs for tests will be included in the contract,” Wahl said.

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