Yakima Marijuana Lab Stresses Quality Control

WASHINGTON:  Workers at the Analytical 360 laboratory in Yakima like to listen to music while they work, but they don’t let reggae or the sound of a Grateful Dead concert detract them from their job of testing marijuana.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the lab has some of the strictest quality control standards in the state. It fails about 18 percent of the samples because of microbes such as bacteria and fungi.

The state failure rate is about 10 percent, according to the state Liquor Control Board that oversees the growing marijuana industry. A failed sample means the 5-pound lot from which it came cannot be sold.