Ohio Finds Public University Willing to Lab Test Medical Pot

Ohio state law requires that for the first year of its medical marijuana program, a quality testing lab must be operated by a public institution of higher education, located within the state, with the resources to operate a lab. After a year of the program, private labs can be licensed.

At least one public university in Ohio is willing to test medical marijuana, for quality purposes, according to CCV Research. This was disclosed in an effort to squash concerns that a lack of labs could delay the entire medical marijuana program.

CCV Research, which understand the “monumental task of implementing an entire cannabis regulatory framework, and the difficulties faced while on-boarding an existing industry into legal compliance,” would not name the college, but announced that it meets the criteria in the state’s medical marijuana program regulations, that demands a public college or university host a laboratory to monitor the quality of plants and products sold to Ohioans.

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Growers Say Ohio’s Tight Timeline Could Delay 1st Pot Crop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio say they don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the timetable Thursday.

It drew immediate concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. The association had anticipated growers having about a year before the September 2018 deadline to ramp up their operations and produce their first crop.

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Testing Company: Ohio College Ready to Host Pot Testing Lab

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.

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Ohio Approves Funds for MMJ Tracking System

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators of Ohio’s budding medical marijuana industry have received approval to spend an additional $6 million over the next two years on projects including a seed-to-sale tracking system.

The funds for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program were approved Monday, adding to the previously approved $5 million. Officials say the program will repay the state using revenues from licensing fees.

The largest part of the money will go to set up a system to track plants from cultivation through sale.

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$1 Million Worth of Pot Found In New Ford Fusions

United Auto Workers Local 1714 begged the bosses at an Ohio Ford plant not to send their manufacturing jobs down to Mexico.

When a shipment of Ford Fusions recently showed up, for the fifth time this year, with a million dollars worth of weed packed in the trunks, workers had a good laugh and an even larger “we told you so.”

“Nothing against Mexican workers but there’s another reason why we should make our cars in the U.S.,” one of the laid-off workers from the downsized Lordstown plant told HIGH TIMES.

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Ohio Sheriff Won’t Let Deputies Carry Narcan, Citing Safety

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff in an Ohio county with record numbers of overdose deaths in recent years is sticking to his long-standing refusal to allow deputies to carry an overdose-reversal drug.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he remains opposed for safety reasons because people can become hostile and violent after being revived with Narcan. Deputies in neighboring counties in southwest Ohio do carry it.

“I don’t do Narcan,” Jones told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “They never carried it. Nor will they. That’s my stance.”

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185 Apply for Medical Marijuana Cultivator Licenses in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has received more than 180 applications for 24 licenses to grow marijuana under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a law more than a year ago allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed under certain conditions to patients suffering one or more qualifying medical conditions.

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Fentanyl in Marijuana? Probable Reefer Madness

One of the most timely arguments for marijuana legalization is the drug overdose crisis ripping through every corner of America.

More than 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2015, more than any other year on record. The 2016 death toll hasn’t yet been released, but all indications are that it will be even higher.

Most of the deaths, and the meteoric rise in overdose deaths year-over-year, are attributed to synthetic opiates like fentanyl and carfentanil—both of which are many times stronger than heroin, and both of which are easily acquired from clandestine labs overseas via online drug marketplaces on the dark web.

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Ohio Files Lawsuit Against Rx Companies for Opioid Crisis

Ohio, like many parts of the U.S., is facing a serious opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, and its state attorney says pharmaceutical companies that flood the state with opioid painkillers are to blame. As a new medical cannabis system offers hope for harm reduction moving forward, a new lawsuit attempts to secure restorative justice for communities harmed by opioids.

Once wealthy and proud, Portsmouth, Ohio — a major steel and footwear manufacturing center in the mid-20th Century — became a shipping hub for illegal opiates in the 21st.

As many as 3.8 billion doses of opiates were distributed in Ohio between 2011 and 2015 — many of them through Portsmouth.

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