SC Labs announced its plans to expand into Southern California – beginning with a new lab opening in Los Angeles.
The new, 12,000+ square foot facility, located in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, will conduct both R&D and compliance cannabis testing – similar to its Santa Cruz counterpart – providing faster turnaround times to process samples for customers south of Santa Barbara. The new lab will offer the full suite of California compliance testing (potency, pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, microbials, water activity, filth, and foreign material) as well as terpene and shelf stability testing. By opening this new lab, SC Labs will deliver added testing capacity and more resources for research and development.
Similar to SC's operations in Santa Cruz, the new lab will maintain the same technology stack (Laboratory Information Systems and the SC Client Services Portal) and chemometric reporting for customers conducting both Cannabinoid and Terpenoid assays. The L.A. facility will also provide stability testing to determine shelf life in February 2023.
"We are thrilled to bring more high-quality testing to a wider swath of the Golden State," said Jeff Journey, CEO of SC Labs. "With this expansion, we are doubling down on California as a leading market that we believe has the regulatory oversight to enforce proper testing requirements. We're excited to get to work in Southern California, supporting even more customers with the high-quality, accurate testing they need as this market continues to mature and grow."
"Our customers have been asking us to open a Southern California lab for years, and we're excited to finally deliver on that ask," added Jeff Gray, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of SC Labs. "This new lab more than doubles our California testing capacity, enabling us to do more R&D, and more importantly, provides ample and excess testing capacity for all of our customers."
Combined U.S. medical and recreational cannabis sales are estimated to be upwards of $52.6 billion by 2026 – and California is currently the largest legal cannabis market in the world. In regulated cannabis markets like California, products for sale are required to undergo a series of tests by a state-accredited lab to help ensure that products are safe to consume and accurately labeled. SC Labs is allowing its customers to meet those requirements and ultimately help them meet the demand in the market.
In addition to L.A., SC Labs currently has cannabis testing labs in Santa Cruz, CA., Colorado, Michigan, and Oregon. SC Labs will begin accepting new customers in mid-December and will host a more formal grand opening in early January. With this growth, SC Labs will be hiring for both California locations in the New Year.
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