An independent cannabis The Massachusetts testing lab said it saw a 38% increase in samples received in 2020 despite the closure of recreational clinics during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MCR Labs is based in Framingham and tests recreational and medical cannabis samples submitted for compliance by growers and manufacturers of products licensed by the state Cannabis Control Board.
“Looking at trends year over year, like the volume of samples we’ve tested or what we’re testing more, is a truly unique way to explore changes beyond the number of approved licenses or the number of units sold, ”said Michael Kahn, President and Founder of MCR Labs. “The statistics for 2020 are particularly interesting because of how COVID has affected the progress of the industry.”
Although MCR Labs saw an overall increase of 38% in samples from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021, there was a 35.5% drop in volume from January to April, which includes the month sales of adult cannabis halted by Governor Charlie Baker.
Recreational clinics had to close on March 24 and were allowed reopen for curbside delivery May 25.
From May to August, submissions of vaporizers or marijuana cartridges increased by 300%, according to MCR Labs, a larger increase than other types of products once the shutdown of adult use ends.
Samples of edibles or other infused products increased 78% year over year, cannabis flowers increased 28% and vaporizers increased 22%, according to the lab.
The overall combined success rate of all security screens performed on cannabis products submitted to the lab in 2020 was 91.2%, which is slightly higher than in 2019 but consistent with the past 4 years, a stated MCR Labs.
“I think it’s really significant that in a year where more licenses were approved and more new producers entered the market than in previous years, the products still meet the stringent testing requirements of state at about the same rate, ”said Jonathan Wani, director of MCR Labs. business development. “It shows that groups getting into this industry know what they’re doing, which should reassure people about where the industry is heading, especially here in Massachusetts.”