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The state temporarily shut down one of two marijuana testing labs in Sparks late last month, though it has already reinstated the lab’s license, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation.
The taxation department suspended the license of Certified Ag Lab on Dec. 22 and also shut down the Las Vegas-based Cannex, doing business as RSR Analytical Laboratories, on Dec. 26. No product recalls were necessary in either case, and both labs’ licenses were reinstated earlier this month.
“During separate, routine inspections, Department inspectors discovered that these two labs were not following proper lab procedures and good laboratory practices. Their licenses were suspended until those deficiencies were corrected,” said Stephanie Klapstein, department spokeswoman.
No further details about the violations of each lab were disclosed. It is unclear if Certified Ag Lab representatives were not immediately available for comment on Friday, and Cannex director of operations Ric Rushton said he had no comment other than the business had reopened.
During the closure period, marijuana establishments in Nevada were directed to send samples for testing to other labs in the state including: 374 Labs in Sparks, ACE Analytical Laboratory in Las Vegas, DB Labs in Las Vegas, Digipath Labs in Las Vegas, MM Lab in Las Vegas or NV CANN Lab in Las Vegas.
Both labs with suspended licenses were directed to coordinate with marijuana establishments who had samples in