Two Public Colleges Apply to Test Ohio Medical Marijuana

Two Public Colleges Apply to Test Ohio Medical Marijuana

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On Sept. 22, 2017, Ohio closed the application period for public colleges interested in applying for a license to test Ohio medical marijuana. According to, only two public colleges submitted applications: Central State University and Hocking College.

Under Ohio law, only public colleges may test medical marijuana for the first year of legalization. Many colleges were reluctant to pursue testing licenses because of the disconnect between state and federal marijuana laws, leading many to fear that no colleges would apply.

That fear was lessened when Hocking College became the first to announce that it would partner with CCV Research to pursue a license to test Ohio medical marijuana. With little to no fanfare, Central State’s application came as a surprise to some.

Although Hocking and Central State are the only two colleges that have applied, it does not necessarily mean that their applications will be approved. In order to be approved for a testing license, both colleges will have to meet the state’s standards for safety, waste disposal and technical expertise.

To help meet future demand, the state will also begin accepting testing applications from private laboratories starting on Nov. 27 and ending on Dec. 8.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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