Yes. Title 7 §18.104.22.168 of the New Mexico Administrative Code, stipulates that all medical marijuana samples must be tested by licensed medical cannabis laboratories and approved before distribution or use. According to Title 7 §22.214.171.124(C) of the New Mexico Administrative Code, the tests required for medical marijuana products and the compounds they check for are:
Yes. The provisions of Title 7 §126.96.36.199(C)(17) of the New Mexico Administrative Code permit independent laboratories to obtain medical marijuana testing laboratory licenses. New Mexico does not have a state-owned laboratory that tests medical marijuana samples.
Title 7 §188.8.131.52(I)(3) of the New Mexico Administrative Code authorizes licensed medical marijuana testing laboratories to have reference standards internally. Alternatively, they can use commercial reference standards for testing medical marijuana samples. One of such standards is the ISO/IEC 17025. The ISO/IEC 17025 is an accreditation standard for laboratories developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The latest version of this standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, was introduced in 2017.
A medical marijuana testing laboratory must be audited by an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation body before it can be accredited under ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The accreditation bodies assess laboratories based on specific requirements, including structural, general, management systems, process, and resource requirements. To fulfill the general requirement, medical marijuana testing laboratories must maintain the confidentiality of all the data they generate unless required by law. For structural requirements, cannabis testing laboratories must define and document their personnel responsibilities and organizational structures. Resource requirements refer to a laboratory's test result traceability, equipment, personnel, facility, and environmental standards.
Medical marijuana testing laboratories must establish their sampling, equipment handling, result reporting, and customer complaint management guidelines to meet the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 process requirements. To fulfill the management system requirements, the management bodies of laboratories must follow either management system Option A or B. Under option A, the facility's management must handle record control, corrective actions, and internal audits. Under option B, the laboratory's management structure must comply with clauses 4 to 7 of ISO 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015.
According to Title 7 §184.108.40.206(C)(17)(C) of the New Mexico Administrative Code, a medical marijuana testing laboratory license applicant must complete the Medical Cannabis Program Laboratory Application Form (Cover Page). They must provide all required documents and completed application form on a USB drive and submit them to the Department of Health at:
New Mexico Department of Health
5301 Central Avenue
North East, Suite 204
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Per Title 7 §220.127.116.11(B) of the New Mexico Administrative Code, the cost of obtaining and maintaining a medical marijuana testing laboratory license is:
Applicants and licensees can pay their license application and renewal fees by money order or checks payable to the Medical Cannabis Program under the Department of Health.
Yes. As stipulated in Title 7 §18.104.22.168(E) of the New Mexico Administrative Code, medical marijuana testing laboratories must comply with all local regulations of the municipalities where their facilities are situated. These regulations include adherence to chemical exposure, ventilation, air quality, odor control, occupancy, licensing, building, and zoning codes.