A father-son team with a passion for Arizona’s medical marijuana industry is opening Level One Labs, a marijuana testing lab, in Scottsdale on January 1.
Out of 33 states that have approved medical marijuana programs, Arizona is currently one of two states that does not protect patient health by requiring testing. Fortunately, most dispensaries in Arizona choose to grow their marijuana as naturally as possible and regularly test their product.
George Griffeth and his son, Conner, believe in the health benefits of medical marijuana and want to provide quality diagnostic testing to support Arizona’s dispensaries.
“Level One aims to provide consistent, accurate and rapid results,” Conner says. “Using Agilent’s mass spectrometry, we are able to obtain the most accurate of measurements for quality-assurance purposes.”
Conner, 25, a graduate of Arizona State University, came up with the idea for Level One Labs while working in Colorado’s cannabis industry: “We wanted to help improve the safety of the program in my home state, and we figured the best way was with science-backed quality assurance.”
George liked the concept so much he left a successful law career to form the company.
“We know that patient safety is on the line,” George noted. “We choose to conduct business with cannabis professionals who go above and beyond to ensure their patients receive quality medicine.”
Level One will provide cannabinoid profiles, terpene profiles, residual solvent screens, microbial analysis and pesticide screens. Sample pickup will be available in most areas.
“While Arizona has no testing requirements, we are in a great position to learn from other states that already mandate testing.” Conner explained. “Because of mandatory testing, the state of California just caught an extremely well-established lab cheating on results and was able to shut them down in the name of public safety. Currently, Arizona does not have such public health safeguards in place for cannabis.”
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