COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana program ramps up, patients, business owners and advocates still have one major concern -- who will test the marijuana?
All medical marijuana products must be tested for safety and potency before sale, per state law. But for the first year, testing lab licenses are limited to public colleges.
So far, not one university has said it will test marijuana, which is still an illegal federal substance, because of concerns about jeopardizing federal funding. That has some worried that patients won't be able to buy medical marijuana before the Sept. 8, 2018 deadline for the program to be operational.
Some state lawmakers wanted to fix the law in the two-year budget bill that cleared the General Assembly two weeks ago. But an amendment that would have scrapped the university requirement didn't make it into the bill.