CTL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Doane University, a liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. According to the press release last week, Cannabis Testing Laboratories (CTL) announced that it has achieved ISO 17025 accreditation and became a part of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture requirements for cannabis labs.
CTL will rent space on Doane University’s campus as its primary laboratory, according to report. Doane University aims to foster innovation, so they willing to create spaces on campus for entrepreneurial startups. Dr. Andrea Holmes is Director of Cannabis Studies and Professor of Chemistry at Doane University and the founder of CTL. Dr. Arin Sutlief is also the director of the laboratory, which means a management team leads CTL with all females.
Dr. Holmes noted that hemp testing could be considered a priority for the new industry.
Dr. Holmes said:
“Being the first ISO-accredited and state approved cannabis testing laboratory in Nebraska will allow farmers, processors, vendors, and even consumers of CBD and hemp products to have local access to high-quality and reliable testing.”
“For farmers, continuous testing is of utmost importance, so they don’t grow hemp over 0.3% total THC levels, at which point hemp is categorized as marijuana, which is currently illegal in Nebraska. Consumers of CBD products will also benefit from private testing as oftentimes CBD-infused products don’t actually contain what the label says.”
Although CTL will operate independently of the university, the lab will be a resource for both faculty and students. The lab will offer internships and experiential learning opportunities for students. Besides, the lab will help faculty who teach cannabis-related courses.
Doane University launched Professional Cannabis Certificate Program last year. Then in June 2020, the university expanded its course offerings in cannabis, sets up seven new courses this fall. The CTL in Nebraska campus will benefit those new cannabis courses and provide related resources to those certificate programs.
Dr. Sutlief said:
“I am proud to be one of the creators of a fully accredited cannabis testing lab that provides our farmers and processors reliable and quick local testing of hemp.”
“CTL is among the first ISO-certified cannabis testing labs in the U.S. that is a subsidiary of a university. Innovation, research, entrepreneurship, and education will be the central pillars of CTL as we set ourselves apart to become leaders in cannabis testing not only in Nebraska and the Midwest but also nationally.”
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