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A recent announcement by a company eager to offer testing services to Ohio’s emerging medical cannabis market claims it has found a state-approved public college to host the lab, as per the requirements of the state’s MMJ law. At present, the identity of the college and any details about the arrangement are still a mystery. CCV Research, a company looking to provide testing services to Ohio’s medical cannabis market, announced it has received a letter of intent from an Ohio public institution of higher education ready to partner with the company in operating a medical cannabis testing lab.
The announcement said the governor’s office has confirmed that the (as-of-yet unidentified) academic partner is qualified under state law to host the lab.
Dr. Jonathan Cachat, CEO of CCV Research said the search was an arduous one.
“We had a difficult time even identifying qualified colleges willing to engage in the conversation” he said. “However, we found a unique, entrepreneurial team that recognized the opportunity to provide education with hands on lab experience, create local jobs and support a functioning medical cannabis system in Ohio.”
According to Cachat, everyone from activists to lawmakers had concerns over Ohio’s medical marijuana requirement for association with “public institutes of higher education.”
Public universities tend to take a lot of funds from the federal government. Rather than put that money at risk by taking part in the state’s budding program, most schools decided to opt out entirely.
While a surprise inclusion for some, public universities taking part in state cannabis programs made perfect sense to long time UC Berkeley cannabis researcher Dr. Amanda Reiman, who currently serves on the board of the International Cannabis Growers Association.
“I think that the involvement of universities in the testing of cannabis for