US (AZ): Cannabis testing lab agrees to $470,000 settlement for faulty analyses, will keep license

A cannabis-testing laboratory has agreed to pay nearly $470,000 to settle with state regulators who threatened to revoke the lab's license because of problems that made its analyses unreliable.

OnPoint Labs of Snowflake gets to keep its license through the settlement. The company is one of two that the state has threatened with a loss of its license over testing problems. The other, Pure Labs of Phoenix, also is in negotiations to keep its license.

OnPoint previously said the problems inspectors found with its facility were a symptom of the industry's growing pains as labs ramped up to met new state cannabis-testing requirements, which came just ahead of the state legalizing recreational cannabis sales.

Since November 2020, Arizona has required testing of all cannabis sold for pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants, and the Department of Health Services has licensed 20 laboratories to conduct the required tests. Recreational cannabis sales launched in January 2021, increasing the industry workload.


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