Ohio licenses two processors, two testing labs in medical cannabis buildup

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In a move to ramp up Ohio’s medical marijuana program, state regulators have issued provisional licenses to two additional cannabis processors and two more testing labs.

The licenses bring the total number of processors to nine, with four more applications in progress, according to state officials. There are now four authorized testing labs.

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in 2016 but is months behind a Sept. 8 target for making products available to patients.

Licensed cultivators just recently started planting marijuana. It will still take four to six months for those plants to reach maturity and then they must be processed into MMJ products.

The two new processors that won provisional licenses are Green Investment Partners of Columbus and Standard Wellness of Gibsonburg.

Provisional testing licenses were issued to Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute and North Coast Testing Laboratories of Streetsboro.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily