Story by Michael Hagar
Located in Fife, Washington, and fully I-502 compliant, MCA recently made its claim to fame as the first cannabis testing laboratory to operate on tribal-owned land in the country.
The lab also recently participated in the Spring 2016 Emerald Test, which it passed with flying colors. The Emerald Test is a bi-annual inter-laboratory comparison proficiency test in which anonymous samples are measured to determine a lab’s cannabinoid testing proficiency and accuracy. The data from these kinds of tests can be used to show clients that a lab is capable of performing cannabis analysis accurately and to help establish industry benchmarks for the future. Given recent concerns regarding the accuracy of sample test results, this seal of approval makes Medicine Creek Analytics a welcome addition to those labs already serving the Pacific Northwest.
The Puyallup Tribe spared no expense on this facility and, in turn, offer a plethora of cannabis analysis services that include but are not limited to potency, terpene, residual solvent and pesticide testing by using state-of-the-art equipment sourced from Shimadzu, a world leader in scientific instrument production, medical equipment and more. Other services offered by MCA include sample courier services, product formulation, mycotoxin screening, heavy metal screening and I-502 lot certification as well. Additionally, MCA sports a highly trained and qualified staff who are dedicated to providing “accurate, reliable, and reproducible analytics.”
During the expo we spoke to Daniel Duenas, Jr., the Executive Cannabis Director of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, who emphasized that transparency and no corner-cutting are two key operational premises of the facility. Thus far I’ve been privileged to visit a couple of cannabis testing labs in both Washington and Oregon, which also agree that public transparency is vital; so this was a welcome admission. Furthermore, at the end of our discussion, we were given an invitation to visit MCA and plan on taking them up on the offer as soon as possible.
MCA’s website is currently under construction and should be up and running soon, but a contact number of (253) 382-6900 was provided to visitors. We at CannaBiz Journal plan to tour the lab in the near future where we hope to learn more about what made its creation possible, what sorts of challenges have been overcome along the way, and the science that is cannabis analysis.