New Jersey Cannabis Testing Labs

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Does New Jersey License Independent Cannabis Testing Labs?

New Jersey, through its Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), licenses independent testing laboratories to test recreational and medical cannabis prior to commercial sale. Testing laboratories are required to renew their licenses with the CRC yearly.

Requirements for Marijuana Testing Labs in New Jersey

Only independent testing laboratories accredited as operating to ISO 17025 standard by an impartial non-profit accreditation body operating in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard ISO/IEC 17011 and is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

New Jersey Required Tests for Cannabis Products

In accordance with the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Testing Guidance, cannabis must be tested for:

  • Chemical composition and potency of individual cannabinoids, such as THCA, THC, CBDA, CBD, CBGA, CBG, CBN, Delta-8 THC, THCVA, THCV, CBDVA, CBDV, CBCA, and CBC
  • Chemical composition and potency of the individual terpenes, such as linalool, terpinolene, alpha-Humulene, beta-Pinene, ocimene, d-Limonene, beta-Myrcene, beta-Caryophyllene, and alpha-Pinene
  • Microbial contamination
  • Mycotoxin contamination
  • Pesticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators
  • Residual solvents and other manufacturing residue
  • Heavy metals
  • Additives, cutting agents, and artificial flavorings, such as Vitamin E acetate or tocopherol acetate (VEA)
  • Inactive ingredients
  • Stability

How Do New Jersey Marijuana Testing Labs Submit and Report Test Results?

Per 17:30-19.6 of the New Jersey Personal Use Cannabis Rules, a cannabis testing lab must produce a written report detailing the result of all testing for each representative sample and provide it to the cannabis business submitting the sample, the consumer, and the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

Also, in accordance with Section 17:30-15.4 of the New Jersey Personal Use Cannabis Rules, a cannabis cultivator or manufacturer, upon receiving the written report for cannabis testing, must submit a copy of the report to the CRC on a form developed by the Commission.

How Much Does It Cost to Test Cannabis in New Jersey?

The cost of cannabis testing is typically contingent on the type of testing required by the business submitting a sample. For specific cannabis testing costs, contact any licensed independent testing labs in New Jersey.

What Happens to Cannabis Products That Fail Lab Tests in New Jersey?

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 17:30-9.14, cannabis products or materials confirmed to be contaminated, those returned as part of a recall, or those that failed testing must be destroyed or rendered unrecoverable and unrecognizable.

If the cannabis cultivator or cannabis manufacturer receives a written report confirming that the test results of a representative sample submitted for testing do not meet the required specifications, the cannabis cultivator or cannabis manufacturer must not sell the batch or lot to another cannabis business but must destroy the batch or lot or dispose of it.

List of Cannabis Testing Labs in New Jersey

According to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, there are 6 cannabis testing laboratories with active permits to operate in the state. These are:

  • Green Analytics East
  • Highgrade Labs of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Cannalytics
  • Smithers CTS
  • Sriven Labs
  • Trichome Analytical
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