Irvine City Council to Decide on Cannabis Testing Laboratories

Friday, January 19, 2018

Irvine could become the third city in Orange County to allow cannabis testing laboratories.

The Irvine City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 23 is expected to vote on a proposal to allow cannabis testing laboratories in industrial, medical and science districts.

The Orange County Register recently reported that Irvine has explicitly banned commercial uses of cannabis — including cultivation, delivery and the operation of dispensaries — within city limits since January 2016. Officials said at the time they wanted to maintain local control as the state established a licensing program and rules for cannabis testing laboratories.

However, Irvine has been approached about allowing the testing of cannabis, which is strictly regulated by state law, according to a city staff report.

Greater Irvine Chamber president and CEO Bryan Starr recently told the Register, “We view (Irvine) as a city of innovation, and this is an innovative industry. Testing itself is nothing different than testing any medical product.”

Although the Chamber hasn’t taken positions on cannabis cultivation or retail businesses, it supports the testing lab proposal.

Read the full Orange County Register article.

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