On Aug. 4, 2017, CCV Research, an Ohio-based medical marijuana testing company, announced that it had reached an agreement with a state college to test medical marijuana.
Under Ohio law, medical marijuana testing licenses can only be given to labs that have partnered with public colleges for the first year of legalization. So far Ohio’s public colleges have been reluctant to seek out testing licenses, which have led many to fear that medical marijuana implementation may be delayed.
According to Cleveland.com, CCV Research’s decision to announce the agreement was in part to help allay fears of any potential delay.
“We had a difficult time even finding qualified colleges willing to engage in the conversation” said Jonathan Cachat, a spokesperson for CCV. “However, we found a unique, entrepreneurial team that recognized the opportunity to provide education with hands on lab experience, create local jobs, and support a functioning medical cannabis system in Ohio.”
Although CCV Research did not name the public college or divulge any more details of its agreement, the company has promised to reveal the name of the college in a soon-to-be scheduled press conference.
The Department of Commerce, which is responsible for regulating and licensing medical marijuana testing facilities, will begin accepting applications from public colleges on Sept. 11, 2017.