Atlantic Test Labs is one of only two labs in Maryland that have qualified for a Forensic Laboratory License to test cannabis evidence seized by law enforcement.
Following the recent legalization of hemp products, some confusion has arisen when law enforcement finds suspicious substances. It is difficult to identify hemp versus marijuana plants since their appearance is very similar.
What’s more, to avoid legal trouble, an increasing number of people now try to claim that their marijuana is really just hemp, so the need to test samples has become more prevalent. Atlantic Test Labs can verify cannabinoid content exactly and confirm whether the samples are in fact hemp or marijuana.
Once drugs are confiscated by law enforcement, they must be handled through a secure chain of custody and be tested by an approved forensic lab so the results will be valid in court. Since ATL was already a certified Maryland medical cannabis facility, they had proper materials handling and most of the security protocols in place they needed to handle police evidence.
Initially certified to test samples for Maryland State Police, ATL is now beginning to work for other county and local jurisdictions as well. As part of their work, the scientists at Atlantic Test Labs will likely be called upon to testify as expert witnesses in future cases.