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Ohio Marijuana Cultivation and Testing Lab Licenses Awarded

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Hocking College is the first medical marijuana testing facility in the state to be awarded a license. The lab will test for purity and potency. Central State University was also awarded a license to test medical marijuana.

Twenty-five cultivation provisional licenses have passed inspections and can begin operating, Columbus Business First reports. Of those cultivators are a small Ravenna cultivator and FN Group Holdings LLC. FN Group Holdings will operate in Wellspring Fields in an indoor facility. Their license allows their space to be up to 3,000-sqft.

Plants will not be ready to be tested and processed by the state’s start date of September 8. The state has done its due diligence in notifying the industry and patients that the program’s start will be delayed.

Private testing lab licenses are expected in the near future. Licenses for processors are also expected to be awarded soon.

Mark Hamlin of the Ohio Department of Commerce said, “Due to opportunities for improvement identified by the auditor of state and (accounting firm EY, formerly) Ernst & Young, in their respective reviews of our scoring processes, we have directed our individual section scoring teams to do some additional work on their reviews which incorporates some of the recommendations we’ve heard and, we believe, will make for a smoother rollout of licenses.”

The next scheduled meeting for the advisory committee is July 12.