When the state of Maine tested medical cannabis samples in a special audit last year, laboratories found that 42% of the samples contained harmful substances.

Maine's findings underscore the critical role cannabis testing labs are playing in New Jersey's exploding recreational cannabis industry, an industry leader told 70and73.com. The legal use of recreational cannabis by users 21 and older was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy in February 2021.

The testing facilities "are what really separates us from the black market," said Scott Rudder, president and founder of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association.

In Mount Laurel, laboratory Trichome Analytical was the first in New Jersey to receive a cannabis testing license. The company, and the five others in New Jersey that have since received CRC laboratory testing licenses, focus on products sold by licensed recreational marijuana businesses, Christene Carr, a CRC public information officer, told 70and73.com in an email.

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