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Level One Labs Forges Cannabis Science Dream Team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., (July 12, 2019) — As a patient, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your medicine is going to make you sicker. That is why a father-son team, George and Conner Griffeth, had the idea to create one of the most extraordinary medical marijuana testing facilities in the state of Arizona.

Level One Labs state of the art facility is filled to the brim with the newest machines available to ensure quality results in a timely matter. A few of the most important machines in the lab are the High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS), and a Quantified Polymerase Chain Reactor (qPCR) system. The HPLC tests samples for potency, while the GCMS tests for terpenes and residual solvents. Their qPCR system is the newest addition to the lineup which guarantees results with DNA level accuracy for microbial contaminants like E. Coli & Salmonella. While these are the most commonly used machines, there are many more science tools in the lab focused on Cannabis diagnostic analysis.

The machines aren’t the only thing in the lab that were hand-picked to increase the quality of the science.

Level One Labs has assembled a dream team of scientists from several states, bringing expertise from different testing disciplines. Taylor Pearce, Lab Director, and Tyler Cole, Quality Assurance Manager, lead the science team. Pearce, a native of Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biochemistry. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Pearce began working for a medical marijuana testing facility in Oregon, where he worked for several years before coming to work with Level One Labs in Scottsdale. His experiences in Oregon forecasted the coming changes in Arizona – first with mandatory MMJ testing, followed by legalization and all changes that came with it. Cole, a native of Indiana, graduated from Wabash College with a major in Biology, he also received a minor in classics. Cole previously worked supervising a diagnostic department in one of the largest food science laboratories in North America. Zac Roy completes the science team as the company’s lead chemist. Roy graduated from Arizona State majoring in Molecular Bioscience & Biotechnology.

“We conducted a search that scoured the nation to find accomplished scientists who are a good fit for our company, and more importantly, a good fit for the patients of Arizona,” said Conner Griffeth.

This dream team of science works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that you have peace of mind when you medicate. Level One Labs is dedicated to protecting the medical marijuana patients of Arizona by using quality, robust, science to ensure the medicine is safe. Initially, Level One Labs was concerned about the safety of the medical marijuana patient in Arizona because of the lack of testing regulations. While other states had mandated testing, Arizona was lagging behind the rest of the states.

All that changed with the signing of Arizona’s mandatory testing law on June 7th, 2019. With the passing of SB1494, testing will be mandated for all products starting November 1st, 2020. This will ensure that no patient in Arizona is buying medicine that will harm their bodies. This will help those who are using medical cannabis immensely by knowing exactly what is in their medicine.

Level One Labs was essential in the passing of SB1494 by creating the Arizona Cannabis Lab Association (ACLA). The ACLA was able to join together the labs in the Valley to form a stronger entity and call for action on the issue of testing medical cannabis. The passing of this bill will change the landscape of medical cannabis in Arizona forever, for the better.

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