Armed with a Ph.D. in Forest Science with a focus on plant responses to cultivation factors, it seems curious Dr. ChaoHsiung Tung would opt to be the Chief Science Officer and a managing member of G3 Labs, g3labsllc.com, rather than take a prominent post in cultivation.
“During my last four years when I was in my Ph.D. program, I was working for a consulting firm and we did large greenhouse production,” Dr. Tung reveals of his stint in the production
of seedlings and usage of pesticides
in the cultivation business.
“So when I walk into a cannabis cultivation facility, it’s déjà vu to me. I have done this before,” explains Dr. Tung. “But I am in the point of my life that it is about where can I contribute more to the community.”
Dr. Tung’s ties to the Las Vegas community are deep, too. From 1989 to 2001, he was a Senior Scientist at the $42 billion Yucca Mountain Project where he supervised over 100 scientists and multiple science laboratories. He definitely sees similarities between his work with nuclear waste and the cannabis industry.
“I am still protecting the environment and still protecting the population, but in a different way,” says Dr. Tung of ensuring medical marijuana remains safe for the consumer.
Another similarity between the two industries is compliance. “It’s not only chemistry, it’s a compliance business. I am really good at marrying compliance with technology because of my federal programs background. As a lab we pride ourselves on our compliance background because it’s very strong,” explains Dr. Tung of G3’s combined 90 years of experience in analytical lab compliance on federal, state and local levels.
So internationally renowned for their compliance expertise, Dr. Tung as well as his counterpart James Clark, G3’s quality assurance manager, have both been invited to audit other labs including USGS, Los Alamos National Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Dr. Tung is also well respected a little closer to home having been appointed as one of eight committee members to Nevada’s Independent Laboratory Advisory Committee (ILAC), which was established in order to recommend how marijuana should be grown and tested.
“I am very glad Nevada has put ourselves as a benchmark to regulate things stringently and for the protection of the population,” Dr. Tung remarks of the state’s lab regulations.