LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Anyone growing marijuana in Arkansas will be required to test each batch for things like potency, pesticides, solvents, and metals.

As hopeful growers and sellers are waiting to find out if they'll be granted a license, some labs are already preparing for business.

For two years local brewers have come to Daniel Sanders for craft beer analysis. He looks at the components that make up smells, taste, and quality assurance. Now his company MaryGold Laboratories is taking the same skills to a new playing field, the marijuana industry. He’ll test smells, tastes, pesticides, while also aiming to be a lead researcher on the drug.


“People aren’t sure if terpenes affect the medicinal use and we as a lab think gray areas like that need to be explored," said Sanders.

He's purchased over a million dollars’ worth of machines to branch into medical marijuana testing and research. He wants to focus on the medicinal effects of marijuana and how it affects patients differently.

“Furthering products and identifying what products work for patients and getting involved in bringing the validity of this medication to market," said Sanders. “If you look for research on cannabis a lot of its not out there so every little step we can take both in state and out of state is huge for the industry."