Below is an example of a minimal implementation for a state-compliant U.S. cannabis testing lab. It meets all regulations and requirements and is sufficient to begin processing cannabis samples once tests have been created with appropriate parameters and limit sets, and users have been set up.

Additional optional items are also displayed and may be added at any time to your CannaQA solution package. There are also a number of open-source and other apps that can be added via your free CannaQA community membership to complete a comprehensive data management solution for your entire business or enterprise (see the OpenApps Marketplace).

Subscription Example

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LabLynx offers its CannaQA laboratory information management system (LIMS) as a concurrent-user subscription, which helps lower your initial costs, which is particularly useful if you're a startup having to budget for instruments, premises, etc. as well. It may be converted to purchased licenses at any time should you decide that makes more sense for your lab in the long run. In the case of subscriptions, all maintenance, updates, and online help desk are included. The other items shown are the same as with the licensing option (below). There are volume discounts, as the cost of additional users is discounted according to a sliding scale as you add more. Your CannaQA representative will help you decide how many concurrent users you need to allow for and incorporate your choices into your agreement.

Purchased Perpetual License Example


It may make more sense for you to purchase perpetual licenses and maintain an annual services agreement rather than subscribe, especially for larger labs. Licensing is per concurrent user, with a minimum of five users, with additional licenses available at a lower rate. Other parts of the licensing costs may include cloud hosting (dedicated private cloud that allows direct database access, or standard cloud hosting; both include 100% up-time guarantee), and annual maintenance and warranty, with available additional support hours for both the LIMS itself and the interfacing tool LabVia.

This option also allows for self-hosting on your own servers, although there is an additional fee of $4,500 per year. If you select either private cloud or self-hosted, you have full back-end access to the database and application, allowing you to do your own development, etc.

Basic State-Compliant CannaQA LIMS Package

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This section identifies and prices out the minimum required items for a functioning, state-compliant cannabis testing LIMS. It will be roughly the same in any state or in Canada; however, the track-and-trace reporting may not be necessary, or it may require integration with any of Metrc, BioTrackTHC, MJ Freeway, or Kind Agrisoft, depending on regulations. Your lab may be receiving and reporting by groups of samples, or orders/requests. Or you may handle them throughout the process as single samples not belonging to any group. The system will support either or both, and your CannaQA representative will ask you which you need. Some certificates of analysis (COAs) or results reports will be pre-configured to meet regulations, but they always remain customizable to your specific lab. Some others may need to be configured to-order. In any case, CannaQA LIMS includes its dedicated Report Builder tool, so you can design your own formal and internal metrics reports as well.

Additional/Optional Items, and Totals

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There are varying degrees to which your CannaQA LIMS can reduce inefficiency and maximize productivity. These are reflected in the optional items section and range from pre-loading tests with compliant limit sets to interfacing instruments and other systems or databases, exporting to Excel, or implementing CannaQA's Quickbooks interface, and much more. Each item will also require an associated amount of project management time (arranging and holding meetings, managing developers/staff, coordinating with your staff, etc.), which is calculated automatically when any items are selected on the worksheet.

This example breaks down subscription totals (in the case of purchased perpetual licenses option, this would be that cost), basic package totals, and any option totals. It then shows the grand total for initial implementation, and then the ongoing yearly costs.

Getting Your Own CannaQA LIMS Quote


CannaQA is the only "full-stack" offering devoted to cannabis quality assurance, incorporating the key aspects of "social," "cloud," and "open." Pricing details about CannaQA products and services are found at CannaQA Pricing. To find out more about CannaQA's free membership, or about the CannaQA LIMS:

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▪ Phone: 866-LabLynx