On Oct. 24, 2016, Alaska’s first marijuana testing lab opened for business. CannTest LLC, in Ship Creek, opened its doors at 10:30 a.m. and was immediately met with 15 samples to test from two marijuana cultivators — Greatland Ganja and Green Rush Gardens LLC.
“I’m happy that things are actually going to be going. I know that people felt that it took a long time to get started but we are here now,” said Mark Malagodi, CEO of CannTest, to KTVA. “Now we can just move forward.”
To ensure safety and potency, CannTest will examine each sample for E. coli bacteria, salmonella and aspergillus, as well as the concentration of 10 different cannabinoids, five of which are required by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board.
For cultivators hoping to test their products, tests for potency will cost $80 per sample and microbial tests will cost $150. Each sample must be four grams.
With a small staff of three employees, it is estimated that it will take CannTest 72 hours to deliver its results, meaning that the Alaska’s first recreational marijuana dispensary could potentially open by the end of the week.