Columbus research giant Battelle and North Coast Testing Laboratories in Northeast Ohio were awarded medical marijuana testing lab licenses on Friday.
The Ohio Department of Commerce also awarded two more marijuana product processor provisional licenses — for a total of nine out of an available 40. Standard Wellness Company LLC may be the first company to be licensed at each level in the supply chain — growing, manufacturing and selling.
Testing lab and processor provisional licensees have six months to build their facilities and pass a state inspection before beginning operations.
State regulators previously licensed two colleges — Hocking College in Nelsonville and Central State University in Wilberforce — to test medical marijuana for potency and purity. Every batch of medical marijuana must be tested for the amount of THC, CBD and other compounds it contains, as well as pesticides, mold and other contaminants.