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Steep Hill is an independently owned and operated cannabis analysis, biotechnology, and research and development facility. We seek to empower cultivators, dispensaries, manufacturers, and consumers with a transparent understanding of cannabis science.


We take the mystery out of medical cannabis. Through rigorous quality-standard protocols, we help cultivators, dispensaries, manufacturers, and consumers prove the safety, consistency, and potency of all cannabis products that pass through our lab.

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Our team has the vast experience necessary to help new businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the ever-changing landscape. If your company is developing new products, we are here to help streamline the process all the way from concept to production. If you are a cultivator, we have experts to help minimize pests and contaminants while maximizing plant potential.


Steep Hill is a world class research and development company with our primary facility located in Berkeley, CA. Our research arm focuses on product development and licensing for products serving the burgeoning medical cannabis industry in the United States and worldwide. We offer deep DNA sequencing services for companies and individuals developing intellectual property in cannabis.

Recent News

Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Publishes Report

The Blue Ribbon Commission is comprised of Lt. governor Gavin Newsom, Professor Keith Humphreys (Stanford University), and Abdi Soltani (ACLU of California). The commission published their findings on July 21, 2015. VIEW THE ENTIRE REPORT: www.safeandsmartpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/BRCPathwaysReport.pdf The executive summary of the document is as follows: The question of whether or not California should legalize adult use of marijuana1 beyond medical purposes is gaining increased attention by voters and policymakers in California. Four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, and each offers important lessons for California. But there are circumstances that are unique to our state that must be thoughtfully analyzed before we move forward with any legalization effort. The question may well appear on the 2016 statewide ballot. With public opinion polls showing that a narrow majority of likely voters are supportive of the concept of legalization (Public Policy Institute of California, March, 2015), now is the time to think through how such a system could be designed and implemented. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy (BRC) was created for this purpose. This Commission report provides guidelines and offers analysis of key issues to be considered by policymakers and voters as they contemplate the legalization and regulation of cannabis in California. Neither the Commission nor this report is intended to make the case for or against legalization. Rather, this report serves as a resource to help the public and policymakers understand the range of policy issues and options to consider in advance of such a decision. Review By Reform CA: http://www.reformca.com/brc_report Key Findings Breakdown by SF Gate: http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/07/22/lt-gov-gavin-newsom-sets-list-of-guidelines-needed-to-legalize-marijuana-in-california/ Review by Patch.com: http://patch.com/california/redlands/legalized-marijuana-ca-demands-heavy-regulation-new-report-says Review by theWeedBlog: http://www.theweedblog.com/california-marijuana-legalization-efforts-receive-guidance-from-blue-ribbon-commission/

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With labs in California, Colorado, Seattle, and Nevada, Steep Hill stands as the largest network of cannabis analytic facilities in the world. As pioneers of quality standards within the Californian cannabis industry - we’re excited to have the opportunity to enact positive growth and stability to new markets in places like Oregon, New Mexico, Jamaica and beyond.