COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hocking College is the first school to announce it wants to be a state testing laboratory for medical marijuana.
The Southeast Ohio school will apply to test cannabis for safety and potency, which the law will require before sales. Other Ohio public colleges and universities have been hesitant to offer their facilities for testing, concerned they could jeopardize federal funding since marijuana is illegal.
Under the state’s medical marijuana law, only public colleges can test cannabis for the first year of the program. The application period to apply runs Sept. 11-22, said Stephanie Gostomski, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Commerce, which is among the state agencies involved in the medical marijuana program.
Hocking President Betty Young said in a statement that a medical marijuana testing lab would dovetail with the school’s hands-on research and high-tech training. The school is developing a laboratory science curriculum to include tracks in medical laboratory technology, forensics and chemical laboratory science.
“The decision to lead this medical cannabis lab effort was not based on the merits or lack of merits regarding cannabis,” she said. “The state legislators made a decision on the subject.” [Read more at Cleveland.com]