Cannabis lab files appeal with Mississippi State Department of Health

Cannabis lab files appeal with Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Cannabis Testing Lab Remains Shut Down Amid Retesting.

The owner of Rapid Analytics said the business remains shut down even though the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) released products the laboratory had previously tested.

The Natchez Democrat reported the owner, Mamie Henry, said her company filed an appeal on January 5 with MSDH of its decision to close the Natchez cannabis testing laboratory. Henry said they’re still waiting to get a hearing date.

Henry told the newspaper they also filed for a protective order in Adams County to protect the samples of products it has tested.

Officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced mass re-testing of certain medical cannabis products after a hold was placed on the company on December 21, 2023.

MSDH officials said the specific circumstances leading to the hold remain under investigation by the agency, but the retesting is to validate results related to the use of pesticides and presence of mycotoxins. They said there are no reports of illnesses related to the impacted products. 

Rapid Analytics tests about 70% of the state’s medical marijuana products.

MSDH officials said retesting is being conducted in licensed medical cannabis testing facilities with validated testing methods in place and approved by the agency. As batches of products are cleared, they will be removed from the hold, and be back on the market.

Officials said patients are encouraged to contact dispensaries to see what products are available.

Henry said Rapid Analytics has hired attorneys to represent the business.

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