Cannabis Testing Laboratory License

A testing laboratory is a business that performs testing of cannabis goods. A testing laboratory must have ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

A testing laboratory is responsible for testing the following contaminants:
  • Cannabinoids
  • Moisture content
  • Pesticides
  • Residual solvents
  • Microbial impurities

Are you an existing medical cannabis testing lab? 

Want to do both adult-use and medical lab testing?

Existing medical cannabis testing labs in Long Beach may apply to co-locate (perform both medical and adult-use testing).  Effective February 9, 2019, any medical testing lab that applies to conduct adult-use testing at their proposed or existing location must also meed the new zoning and location requirements for adult-use cannabis businesses. 

Application Process Overview

Step 1 If applying for an adult-use cannabis business license, determine your status as an Equity Business through the Office of Cannabis Oversight. 
Step 2 Submit a completed Cannabis Testing Laboratory Business License Application along with all supporting documents to the Long Beach Business License Division. 

Long Beach City Hall
411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Step 3 After submitting the application to Business License, visit Zoning. Zoning reviews the business location for buffers, zoning, and parking requirements. 
Step 4 Pay application fees and leave City Hall. 
Step 5 Business License will review the application and all supplemental documents for completeness.  
Step 6 The applicant will receive an email and letter from Business License that the application is complete and can proceed in the process. 
Step 7 The applicant continues through the Department Reviews & Inspections process.
Step 8 Once permits are issued, the applicant will receive a Letter of Local Authorization to apply for a State cannabis license. 
Step 9 Department inspections are finalized and departments approve the business in the online licensing system.  
Step 10 The business license is issued. Please note: Testing labs must receive ISO accreditation before a license will be issued. 

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