STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) - Ohio’s first batch of medical marijuana arrived at North Coast Testing Labs in Streetsboro on Friday to begin the validation process of the testing equipment. The lab will test marijuana from various cultivators for 4 weeks before the state signs off on the lab’s testing process.
The marijuana samples are taken from the cultivators and transported to the Streetsboro lab in humidity and temperature controlled armored vehicles that North Coast Labs purchased.
The lab then puts the marijuana through a 15 step process that falls under the umbrella of patient safety and marijuana potency. “We’ve used methodology from the botanical extraction world and the botanical testing world,” Joe Moorhead of North Coast Testing Labs said, “And it’s really what’s used now to validate cannabis.”
The marijuana is tested for various bacterial impurities according to lab manager Nick Szabo, “The science is very technical so we needed to find the right people for the job.”
Patient safety is the highest priority and that includes testing the potency of the marijuana, “When we run the potency test we actually get a list of all the cannabinoids and what the levels are,” Moorhead said, “That’s important as it becomes individualized medicine for patients.”
The lab has a 3 day testing turnaround so after the validation process it should not be long before the first batch of medical marijuana is available for patients.