COLUMBUS – Central State University and Hocking College both applied to test medical marijuana in Ohio – potentially resolving longstanding fears that no public institution would take the risk.
Ohio put a one-year moratorium on private laboratories testing marijuana’s properties before it is sold. Other states allow private businesses to test marijuana because university officials are often wary of being testing a drug that the federal government still labels as among its most dangerous, illegal substances.
Many public universities worried they would lose money from a federal government if they participated. That led marijuana advocates to worry that no university would step up.
But as the deadline passed Friday, Ohio Department of Commerce had two applicants: Central State University in Wilberforce, southeast of Dayton, and Hocking College in southeast Ohio’s Athens County, commerce spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski told The Enquirer.