In this April 16, 2014, file photo, vials are prepared to test medical marijuana at a lab in Wilsonville, Oregon. The head of the state's program responsible for accrediting marijuana testing labs, ORELAP, is retiring effective Jan. 1, 2017, according to a public record obtained by the Statesman Journal.

In this April 16, 2014, file photo, vials are prepared to test medical marijuana at a lab in Wilsonville, Oregon. The head of the state’s program responsible for accrediting marijuana testing labs, ORELAP, is retiring effective Jan. 1, 2017, according to a public record obtained by the Statesman Journal.

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A top official with the Oregon agency that certifies marijuana-testing laboratories is stepping down at the start of the new year, a public record obtained by the Statesman Journal shows.

Gary K. Ward, administrator of the state’s environmental lab accreditation program, ORELAP, said in a recent email he is retiring on Jan. 1 of next year.

Ward said in the email: “After I retire, I will be available for part time work performing some assessments… (redacted) … I will be in sometime next week to take my stuff home, so the new person can have my office.”

His agency is part of the Oregon Health Authority. It accredits more than 100 labs both in and outside of Oregon, according to Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie. Not only does it accredit labs to test marijuana potency levels, such as pesticide and THC levels, but also drinking water safety and other tests.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.