The State of Washington is an epicenter of covid-19 in the United States and is on a shelter in place type order from the governor himself. This order however, does not apply to businesses that are deemed essential. Ironically, (considering it’s quasi legal status) this includes cannabis businesses such as producers, processors, retailers, and labs.…

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Marc is back at TNW, resuming his role as lab director. Marc graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Biochemistry and has his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oregon State University. With over 36 years of laboratory experience and extensive knowledge of the I-502 industry, Marc is incredibly adept at running the lab…

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What is Botrytis? Also known as “Botrytis Blight” or “Grey Mold”, Botrytis is a fungal disease. This fungus forms a grayish powdery mold on a variety of organic matters and leads to the rapid and complete chlorosis or yellowing and then death of plant tissues. Like most molds, Botrytis is best controlled by preventative care…

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B.S. in Chemistry Meet Matthew Hansen, True Northwest’s Lead Chemist. He graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Following graduation, he spent four years gaining valuable experience as the laboratory manager of the BioInnovations Gateway, a life science incubator which provided resources to start-up companies and mentorship opportunities for high school…

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  Conditional potency re-tests have been approved following a review by the MJ Examiner. It was brought to the attention of the MJ Examiner that when quality assurance samples fail for moisture/water activity and are subsequently dried for the retest, potency is affected. Effective immediately, labs may also retest potency when retesting a sample that failed…

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We are constantly striving to get better. At True Northwest, we routinely evaluate the proficiency of our methods, equipment, and technicians. This practice has enabled our lab to ensure that the service we provide is always at a high standard. Starting May 7, 2018, we will begin utilizing a new method for microbiological screening, RapidChek. This technique will…

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WSR 17-12-032 Revision to WAC 314-55 On Thursday, August 31, 2017, new rules changes to cannabis QA Testing will take effect. Certain product types will now require additional QA Testing. The True Northwest labs have upgraded equipment to ensure that it is certified to meet all prerequisites for the upcoming testing changes. The details below…

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Terpene profiles are becoming increasingly popular among consumers of recreational and medical marijuana. They offer unique attributes of aroma, taste, color, and bind and interact with THC and CBD in different ways, enhancing the experience. Over 100 types of Terpenes have been identified in cannabis through scientific analysis. Here are the 6 Most Common Terpenes…

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In May, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5131 after the bill’s passing in both the Senate and House on April 20. Polly Washburn of The Cannabist wraps up the major changes that could affect how Washingtonians and visitors experience legal weed. Click here to see what just changed in Washington state marijuana laws.

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This NEW labeling requirement will go into effect on February 17, 2017. Marijuana edible products must have the “Not for Kids” warning symbol placed on all packaging… More Info Here.    

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