The supervisor of the State Patrol crime lab in Kennewick, Jason Stenzel, told KEPR that before legalization marijuana was identified with a simple chemical test and quick microscope look.
Under the new law, the lab has to determine whether suspected marijuana has a certain level of THC. The Kennewick lab can't do that. The sample has to be sent to the lab in Spokane.
The new testing requirements have resulted in a case delay of three-to-four months and added cost of $400.