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    Plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

The state Department of Health today certified Hawaii’s first marijuana testing laboratory.

Steep Hill Hawaii will begin testing medical cannabis at 1150 South King St. from the state’s dispensaries, registered patients and caregivers, DOH said in a news release.

The lab received a provisional certification after passing a final inspection Monday and meeting capacity and proficiency requirements to test cannabis and manufactured products.

“We realize that registered patients and caregivers and some of the licensed dispensaries have been waiting for a laboratory to become operational to test medical cannabis prior to consumption and sale. This is a major step forward as it allows the dispensaries to now begin testing their products to sell to qualified patients,” Keith Ridley, chief of DOH’s Office of Health Care Assurance, who oversees the medical cannabis dispensary program, said in the news release.

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