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First cannabis testing lab company to expand into Illinois
On Thursday, Steep Hill, the United States' first commercial cannabis testing lab, announced it was expanding into Illinois with a new licensee partner. Illinois was the 11th state to legalize an adult-use cannabis program (in 2019) and the first to legalize adult-use by an act of state legislature, along with the medical program established in 2014.
Steep Hill aims to provide consistency of quality testing, customized technology and state-of-the-art equipment, the company said in a press release.
Steep Hill Illinois was founded by Nick Etten, John Tinsley and Matt Grabowski. Etten, an Illinois native, most recently served on the executive leadership team at Acreage Holdings, a leading multi-state cannabis operator (MSO), where he led government affairs, policy, and strategy as the SVP of External Affairs. Etten also founded the Veterans Cannabis Project, an organization aimed at changing the conversation about medical cannabis veterans' cannabis access.
Steep Hill Illinois will be available to support laboratory and other production activities in 2022.
"We are currently building out the lab, which will be strategically placed in Ottawa, IL within a 90-minute drive of the largest MSOs in Illinois," Tinsley said.
Steep Hill Illinois will provide the full-screen of Illinois-regulated tests including cannabinoids, pesticides, heavy metals and more.
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