The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has signed a historic Marijuana Compact with state Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to govern testing of recreational and medical cannabis products at the Tribe’s new lab, Medicine Creek Analytics. This is the first tribal cannabis testing lab in the country and was made possible by legislation (HB 2000) enacted during the 2015 legislative session.
Under the compact, Medicine Creek Analytics will provide quality assurance testing to state I-502 producers and processors, medical marijuana growers, and other Indian tribes involved with cannabis. The lab will also conduct cannabis research in collaboration with the University of Washington. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and a top-notch science team headed up by Scientific Director Aaron Stancik, who holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Idaho. Lab Assistant Kyle Shelton was a previous employee of PhytaLab, a well-respected cannabis testing lab in the state, and is a pesticides chemist with years of lab experience in the tobacco industry. Quality Assurance Officer Dr. Jeremy Riggle is a professor at Eastern Oregon University and directs his own lab in that state.
“Medicine Creek Analytics has the best science team in the industry,” Stancik said, “and we are equipped with arguably the best equipment and chemical instrumentation,” which puts the Puyallup Tribe way ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge cannabis science and research.
“It’s a pioneering venture,” Puyallup Chairman Bill Sterud said of the Tribe’s plans. “No one in the U.S. has a cannabis institute, so this could be a place for cannabis science and research and foremost for treating people with good medicine. The lab ties in to the project as a quality assurance mechanism to provide standardization.”
The Tribe recruited Stancik from CannaSafe Analytics in Pullman, a forerunner in the field and the first ISO 17025 accredited cannabis lab in the nation. “We built the lab from the floors up and got it certified with the WSLCB in 2014,” he said. Stancik, described as the “ambassador of cannabis science,” has been involved in the cannabis industry since 2012 when I-502 was first passed by Washington state voters. “I’ve been involved since its infancy, and I’m dedicating my education and career to cannabis science.”