Cannabis testing lab licensed in Sallisaw

The Sallisaw owners of a new cannabis analytical testing service will be partnering with Steep Hill in opening a lab for testing of medical cannabis in Oklahoma.

Steep Hill is partnering with Elite Element Testing Laboratory, co-owned by Kandice Faulkenberry and Dr. Chris Orendorff. The lab will open under the name of Steep Hill Oklahoma.

Steep Hill, based in California, bills itself as a leader in providing analytical testing services for the cannabis industry.

“We are pleased to partner with Elite Element Testing Laboratory in expanding the Steep Hill lab network to the medical market of Oklahoma and proud to further our ongoing commitment to assure that patients have access to medicine that is tested and compliant with state regulations,” Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, CEO of Steep Hill, said.

“With Oklahoma being one of the fastest-growing medical markets in the nation, we are excited and honored to be part of our state's growth. We hope to be a valuable resource in our community and Oklahoma's cannabis industry. Through our partnership with Steep Hill, the world's leading cannabis science company, we aim to raise the bar in laboratory services, education and product safety for the medical cannabis industry in the Sooner State,” Faulkenberry, who is the co-owner and CEO of Steep Hill Oklahoma, said.

Faulkenberry is currently laboratory director at Northeastern Health System Sequoyah and has over seven years in laboratory leadership. She received her masters degree in Health and Human Service Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science, Biology from the University of Central Arkansas.

“As a scientist, it is embedded in who I am to provide quality laboratory services, results and the highest levels of integrity to our patients and community. It is imperative we provide and maintain these values in Oklahoma's cannabis laboratory testing industry,” Faulkenberry said.

Dr. Chris Orendorff, the co-owner of Steep Hill Oklahoma, is a board-certified family physician in Sallisaw. He obtained his Medical Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Orendorff serves as the Vice Chief of Staff and Laboratory Liaison at Northeastern Health System Sequoyah and is actively involved in the community as a chamber of commerce board member.

“As a physician, I understand that safety and regulations are critical to patient outcomes and I look forward to providing the same assurance for my patients and fellow Oklahoma residents in the cannabis industry. I am excited to partner with Steep Hill to provide the highest quality testing in the State of Oklahoma,” Dr. Orendorff said.

Steep Hill Oklahoma is currently applying for local and state permits and is projected to open for regulatory testing by the first quarter of 2020. The lab will be located at 114154 S. 4629 Road Sallisaw.

For more information, contact, or call 918-571-0301.

Steep Hill opened the first commercial cannabis lab in the United States in 2008, and is currently expanding throughout the United States and globally.

“With the goal of helping the rest of the world adopt best practices in cannabis testing, the company also provides expert consulting services to legislators and regulators in many countries, states and municipalities around the world,” the company said in an issued statement.

Sequoyah County Times

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