North Coast’s 5,000-square foot lab looks more like a high school chemistry classroom than a medical marijuana business.
Machines the size of mini-fridges and computer monitors dot lab tables throughout the room. A periodic table hangs on the wall. Employees wear white coats and latex gloves.
There is no scent of marijuana here.
Well, you can catch a faint whiff of it in one corner of the lab, where a chemist uses tweezers to place tiny marijuana buds into test tubes. Small plates hold small mounds of green powder – finely ground cannabis.
Ohio’s medical marijuana program has gotten a late start and ramped up slowly since the first marijuana was harvested last fall and sold in January. Little attention has been paid to the state’s three private testing labs, which must operate independently from growers, processors and dispensaries.