The National Post reports in its Thursday, March 26, edition that in Toronto's west end there is a 16,000-square-foot cannabis testing laboratory whose owner says it can process 500 coronavirus tests a day. The Post's Sam Riches writes that with an investment for additional equipment, that number could rise to more than 1,000 tests a day.
High North Laboratories boss John Slaughter says: "Testing right now is just way too slow, it's unbearably slow. So we started looking internally to see what would it take for us to do that kind of testing and found out it wasn't really much. We were right on the cusp of it anyway."
The lab would have to be certified to biosafety standards level two, but amid the crisis, Mr. Slaughter is hopeful that certification could come quickly. The first step, and perhaps most challenging, is getting the government to listen.
Mr. Slaughter has been attempting to reach Health Canada, Ontario Public Health, the BDC and other organizations since March 13, but has not yet received a response.
He sympathizes with the overwhelmed organizations, but feels there is a gap in knowledge about the capabilities of the cannabis industry and the role it could play during the pandemic.
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