Hocking College applies for Ohio pot testing lab

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on September 09, 2017.

In a boost to medical marijuana plans in Ohio, the Hocking College has applied to play host to Ohio’s first pot testing laboratory. If approved by the Ohio Department of Commerce, the College will become the first Public University to open a pot testing laboratory.

The decision by the Hocking College comes in the wake of concerns expressed by some policy makers that the public colleges would not come forward to set a laboratory due to threat of losing out on federal funding. The deadline to submit applications for medical cannabis testing lab is September 22.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Law calls for testing medical cannabis for potency, homogeneity and contamination in a Public University before it is shelved in dispensaries. Private laboratories can be licensed to operate only after one year.

As per information, the technical college with around 3000 students has decided to apply for setting up a testing laboratory and is likely to collaborate with neuroscientist Jonathan Cachat to run the laboratory. Besides, the College is also planning to start laboratory research programs which will train the students in medical cannabis to become lab technicians.

“The research and academic potential of serving as the lab testing site will support the kind of hands-on, high-tech training that is the hallmark of Hocking College,” Young said in a statement. 

For setting up of a pot testing laboratory, each College is required to pay $2000 application fee and $18000 fee for obtaining a certificate for operation. However, the College is planning to not use public money to open the laboratory, and will instead focus on private funding to run the lab.

The laboratory is also expected to churn new job opportunities for the State residents.

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