Hocking College to serve as medical cannabis testing site

Hocking College will house the state’s medical marijuana testing laboratory, plugging a gap in the process to legalize the practice within the next year.

The two-year technical college in Nelsonville in Hocking County will satisfy the state law that went into effect last September requiring an Ohio college or university to test cannabis for “potency, homogeneity and contamination” before going to dispensaries for sale. That phase is supposed to be in effect for a year before switching the job to private testing labs.

“In addition to the legislative mandate, Hocking College’s role will be to ensure public safety by providing the necessary lab services that will assure access to a safe medical product to the citizens of Ohio,” college President Betty Young said in a statement.

Dr. Jonathan Cachat will be the director of the testing lab and will work with the college to

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