Maine voters approved adult use marijuana in a 2016 vote, and state regulators have said products could be available in stores in spring 2020. The state is requiring marijuana products to be tested for factors such as potency, foreign materials, dangerous molds and harmful microbes.
But only one lab was in the pipeline for state approval to serve as a testing facility as of Friday. The state is hopeful more applicants will come forward, but officials also acknowledge that the lack of applicants could slow down retail sales.
The sole company to apply to serve as a testing facility, Nelson Analytical of Kennebunk, likely can’t handle the volume of testing on its own, said Lorri Maling, the company’s laboratory director. Handling testing for facilities in far away parts of New England’s largest, most rural state could also be difficult, she said.
“There’s going to be a bottleneck. We really need more laboratories. Maine’s a huge state,” Mailing said. “Hopefully there are some labs that are going to open up north as well.”
The lack of labs is the