With certification, Washington reinstates heavy metal testing requirement
Tacoma, Wash. – Washington state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board on April 11 certified Medicine Creek Analytics, owned by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, to test for heavy metals in cannabis products.
That makes Medicine Creek Analytics the only lab in Washington certified to perform such testing, after the previous lab ended its cannabis testing program. At that point, there was no lab to certify medically-compliant product so the DOH rescinded the requirement for heavy metals testing until another entity was able to run the tests. Medicine Creek Analytics filled the need and once they were certified, the DOH is once again requiring these tests for medically-compliant products.
“We’re very happy about the designation,” said Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud. “Medicine Creek Analytics is an important part of the Tribe’s strategy to support natural pain management and promote safety within the cannabis industry.”
Medicine Creek Analytics opened in September 2016 and has grown the number of samples and types of tests they’re able to run each year. The lab also is ISO 17025 accredited, is an internationally-recognized accreditation for all types of analytical testing facilities and allows Medicine Creek Analytics the capability to test above and beyond the required state-mandated tests. The lab has state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities and provide compliance testing for I-502 licensees who provide the variety of adult recreational cannabis in Washington, hemp processors, CBD product formulators and medical patients who want to ensure their medicine is safe.
About Medicine Creek Analytics
Proudly serving the state of Washington with cannabis testing, Medicine Creek Analytics is the first tribally affiliated cannabis testing lab in the United States. The lab, located within the tribe’s cancer center, came about in part to ensure safe medical marijuana for cancer patients within the Puyallup Tribe itself. Learn more.
About the Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound for thousands of years. Living off the waters of the Puyallup River fed by Mount Rainier, the Puyallup People fished, hunted and traveled by these waters. The people of the Puyallup Tribe have been known for “generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands.” Learn more about the Puyallup Tribe.
Communications Director, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Amber Wise, Ph.D.,
Scientific Director, Medicine Creek Analytics