US (IL): Schaumburg to consider cannabis testing lab

Schaumburg officials will consider allowing cannabis-testing labs in manufacturing districts through the issue of special-use permits. A proposal for one such facility is pending.

As Illinois' recreational pot industry matures, more labs will be needed to test the products of cultivators before they're sold to the public, said Stephen Taylor, CEO of Unitech Laboratories, which already operates in California and other states. The products are required to be tested for pesticides, metals, potency and other factors related to quality, he added.

One lab in Morton, near Peoria, does most of the testing for the state, said Nancy Adeszko, president of Unitech Illinois. Testing regulations already have gotten stricter in recent weeks, she added.

Taylor believes only about 25 such labs will be needed across the state and that it's unlikely more than one would be in Schaumburg. One lab should be sufficient for every 400,000 residents, and each requires about a $4 million investment, Unitech officials said.


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