Mike King

Ohio MMJ Regulators Get 7 Applications for Private Testing Labs

Seven private companies have applied to test medical cannabis in Ohio, bringing the total number of testing laboratory candidates in the state to nine – along with Hocking Technical College and Central State University.

The state’s medical cannabis law originally required testing to be performed by institutes of higher education; however, regulators opened up the sector to private companies after just two colleges applied in order to ensure enough facilities are online to meet industry demand.

The private applicants, and the sites of their proposed facilities, include:

  • ACT Laboratories, Inc. – Toledo
  • Akrivis Lab, LLC – to be determined
  • Battelle Memorial Institute – Columbus
  • CAS Laboratories, LLC – Columbus
  • Keystone State Testing of Ohio, LLC – Columbus
  • North Coast Testing Laboratories, LLC – Streetsboro
  • QualesOH – Akron

Of the applicants, just one – Lansing, Michigan-based ACT Laboratories – lists an out-of-state business address.

According to the Department of Commerce release, no licenses have been awarded and they offered no timeline. Under the state’s medical cannabis rules, there are no limits on the number of testing laboratories that can be approved in the state.

Regulators have already announced the 24 cultivator licensees and late last month regulators indicated they received 104 applications for just 40 processor licenses.

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