Public higher education institutions were given the first opportunity for becoming licensed labs but the state anticipates it’ll need more testing capacity. Private entities can submit applications between Nov. 27 and Dec. 8 and those licenses will be awarded on June 5.
No specific timetable was given for when public entities may be issued lab licenses, other than it’ll be before the medical marijuana program is slated to be operational on Sept. 8, 2018.
Labs must pay an operational fee of $18,000 and an annual license renewal fee of $20,000.
Ohio legalized medical marijuana last year when Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that authorizes use by patients with 21 conditions, including cancer or chronic pain, in the form of edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. Patients and their caregivers will be allowed to possess up to a 90 day supply.
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The Medical Marijuana Control Program is jointly managed by the commerce department, pharmacy board and state medical board. Marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law.