Closure of AltaSci Labs leaves Connecticut with only one cannabis lab
In Connecticut, AltaSci Labs is closing its doors. It was one of only two cannabis testing labs in the state. This shutdown, which was not due to any disciplinary actions by state officials, comes months after Connecticut’s recreational cannabis market launched in early 2023. With AltaSci’s departure, Northeast Laboratories in Rocky Hill remains as the state’s sole cannabis testing lab, leading to rising concerns about the capacity to handle the influx of products and the overarching quality of goods available to consumers.
Industry experts and advocates have voiced worries about potential delays in product releases, especially as more dispensaries are set to open. While state officials maintain that there has been no impact on the availability of both medical and recreational cannabis, the fact that AltaSci’s ISO accreditation was suspended in March, for undisclosed reasons, has intensified the debate about quality control in the cannabis industry. With the expected growth in the number of cannabis producers as more licenses get approved, questions about potential bottlenecks in product testing remain.