Second Ohio college steps forward to test medical marijuana

A second college in Ohio has put its name on the list to test medical marijuana.

Central State University – a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio – has joined Hocking College in Nelsonville in applying for a permit to test cannabis for the state’s developing program, according to radio station WOSU.

Central State is located outside Dayton, about a two-hour drive from Hocking.

Regulators gave Ohio’s public colleges and universities first crack at cannabis testing permits when it rolled out rules for the program last year, but few have shown interest.

While some public schools are apprehensive about testing cannabis because it’s federally illegal and could jeopardize government funding, a Hocking spokesman told WOSU the college sees marijuana analysis as a possible revenue source.

Ohio regulations require that marijuana be tested for molds, heavy metals, pesticides, other contaminants and potency.