It has been a year and counting since Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in June 2016, and nobody has yet received any cannabis under the program. The logjam is due to the failure of the state to issue licenses to any cultivators, processors, dispensaries or testing labs.
Finally, the first sign of progress is reported as a college has come forward to offer cannabis testing services.”
The problem is that the law stipulates a one-year moratorium on commercial laboratories being licensed—and the clock started ticking last September, when the program was officially launched. That leaves it up to universities. And, as Cincinnati.com puts it, “many university officials are wary of losing money from a federal government that still labels marijuana as among the most dangerous, illegal drugs.”
But on Sept. 5, Hocking College, in the southeastern Ohio town of Nelsonville, stepped up to the plate.
The 3,000-student technical college announced plans to launch a curriculum around cannabis testing and an endowment to pay for laboratory renovation and equipment.
Hocking College is the only known applicant to test medical marijuana in Ohio. Colleges and universities have until Sept. 22 to apply with the Ohio Department of Commerce, at a $2,000 fee. If approved, each college will pay an $18,000 fee to operate the testing facility..
Hocking College president Betty Young was careful not take a stance on medical marijuana in announcing the application.
“The decision to lead this medical cannabis lab effort was not based on the merits or lack of merits regarding cannabis,” Young said in a statement.
Now, perhaps, there can be some progress on the pending cultivation licenses.
Another account on Cincinnati.com informs us that there are over 180 applicants competing for just 24 cultivation licenses. One of the applicants is Blu Script—represented by former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges. It plans to operate in Cincinnati.
How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy
Pennsylvania Senators Seeking Co-Sponsors for Recreational Cannabis Bill
Researchers Launching CBD Study with Former Hockey Players
New Jersey Lawmakers Begin Hearings for Marijuana Legalization
Knowledgeable Dabbing: A Guide To Our Favorite Quartz Bangers
First Clinical Trial Of Cannabis For PTSD in Veterans Is Now Complete
Missouri Police Raid Hospital Room of Stage 4 Cancer Patient Using Cannabis
Oklahoma House Passes Medical Cannabis Protection Bill
News4 days ago
Indiana State Trooper Seizes $3.5 Million Worth of Cannabis, Vapes
News4 days ago
Colorado Researchers Seeking Volunteers to Get High and Drive
News5 days ago
Study Finds Medical Marijuana Alleviates Seniors’ Pain, Reduces Opioid Use
News5 days ago
Survey Shows 25% of Cannabis Users in Legal States Consume at Work
Legalization4 days ago
Breaking: Connecticut Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Legalize Marijuana
News7 days ago
NJ Governor Announces Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Month
Culture7 days ago
What’s In Your Stash? Cannabis Alchemist Warren Bobrow
News6 days ago
$2.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized at Philadelphia Port