Local marijuana testing lab expects product will be ready next week

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Just days away from medical marijuana possibly hitting the shelves in the buckeye state, a testing facility in Hocking County is in the final push to make sure that product is safe for consumers.

“Today represents the final closure in the link of the supply chain,” Dr. Jonathon Cachat, Director of the Hocking College Analytical Lab said.

Dr. Cachat says despite months of delays thousands of patients are closer than ever to filling their medical marijuana prescriptions.

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“Every state has had delays in the role out and they are frustrating across the supply chain all the way to patients.”

Early delays with the licensure of both growers and processors set the sale date back by nearly five months. Cachat says the process is slowly getting back on track.

“We were issued our certificate of operation on Tuesday and that basically gave us the go ahead to go out to the cultivators who have samples ready for testing, pick them up and begin the testing process.”

A misprint with the transportation labels prevented 10tv cameras from viewing testing of the actual cannabis, but Dr. Cachat was able to show us what equipment would look like in action.

“We are anticipating the cultivators we are testing for will get results -assuming all samples pass and there are no public safety issues - that product will be on the shelf late next week.”