Ohio's first testing lab for medical marijuana got the green light Thursday from the state to open, which means sales can move forward as cultivators harvest their product and dispensaries decide to open.
North Coast Testing Laboratories LLC of the northeastern Ohio town of Streetsboro passed inspection earlier this week and was awarded a certificate of operation Thursday.
A state-approved lab was the last piece needed to get Ohio's medical-marijuana program started. In October, the first marijuana plants were harvested, and last week, the state approved the first dispensary to open. But before sales can begin, all marijuana must be lab-tested for potency and purity.