Lab in Anoka County becomes first in Minnesota with THC test

Lab in Anoka County becomes first in Minnesota with THC test Photo: AP photo.

Updated: April 09, 2020 04:57 PM
Created: April 09, 2020 04:33 PM

The Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory, which is housed at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, is now the first forensic lab in the state with a validated method to determine the THC quantity of a plant or liquid sample.

In a release, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said the new method of testing began on March 25.


It's a significant development because industrial hemp is legal in Minnesota while marijuana isn't. State laws say industrial hemp isn't marijuana if the THC concentration is below 0.3%.

The sheriff's office said it's been difficult for law enforcement to determine if an item was from a hemp plant or a marijuana plant before the new test because the plants are the same species, and the rising popularity of hemp products has compounded the difficulties.

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