Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney spent Thursday afternoon touring Stillwater Laboratories in Olney the longest-standing state-certified medical marijuana testing facility in the state.
For Cooney, it was his first visit to a facility of its kind, and lab officials spent the better part of an hour offering insight into Stillwaters accreditations, operations and their process for testing medical marijuana and hemp products.
His visit to Stillwater, one of three medical marijuana testing companies in the state, was timely. In 2016, about 57% of Montana voters passed legislation that required, among other undertakings, product testing procedures and inspections for medical marijuana the use of which was approved by Montana voters in 2004 by a wide margin.
Then in 2018, President Donald Trump signed what has become widely known as the Farm Bill, legalizing hemp production nationwide. Montana farmers, like many others, jumped at the opportunity to grow the popular