Trichome Analytical earns N.J.’s first adult-use cannabis testing license

Business expansion in legal cannabis market draws closer with quality and safety testing for cannabis products

Mount Laurel-based Trichome Analytical said its cannabis and hemp testing lab has earned the state’s first adult-use testing license.

The lab’s receipt of License #TL000001 represents a crucial step in the industry’s progression to full operation as New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission is likely to begin approving annual licenses for plant-touching businesses, such as cultivators and manufacturers, in the upcoming CRC public meetings.

Kristen Goedde. (Trichome Analytical)

“I am proud that the first adult-use license has been issued to a New Jersey-based small business and honored to represent other small businesses seeking to get established in this industry in their home state,” Kristen Goedde, Trichome Analytical founder and chief operating officer, stated. “My goal has always been to ensure that products are tested accurately, with consumer safety and transparency as the priorities. This is a very important step in getting the industry to that point.”

Testing by reputable, licensed, third-party laboratories helps ensure cannabis products such as dried flower, vapes, concentrates and ingestibles are accurately labeled for potency and in compliance with regulations for pesticides, heavy metals and microbial contamination.

Trichome Analytical has operated in New Jersey since 2020 and holds approvals in the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program and New York Cannabinoid Hemp Program as well as DEA registration and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation.

“As someone with over a decade in third-party testing, I saw an opportunity to use my expertise to transition into cannabis testing in any way that I could, to help raise the standard of testing in New Jersey,” Goedde said, who was recently honored for Excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences at the NJ Cannabis Insider 2022 Awards. “I didn’t realize at the time it would evolve into starting the first cannabis lab in the state, and being issued the first official adult-use license. I’m excited to see where the industry takes us — there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Trichome Analytical works to empower stakeholders with detailed analytical results that improve accountability while helping ensure consumer safety and regulatory compliance.