COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small Ohio college says it will apply to become a testing laboratory for medical marijuana in a role that other Ohio schools have been reluctant to pursue.

Hocking College in the southeast Ohio city of Nelsonville is the first school to announce a bid to test cannabis for potency and safety before it is sold at dispensaries.

Ohio law mandates only colleges and universities can apply for testing permits for the program’s first year. Ohio schools have hesitated over concerns about losing federal funding because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Hocking College president Betty Young said the decision to apply was not based on the “merits or lack of merits” concerning marijuana.

Schools have until Sept. 22 to apply. Ohio’s medical marijuana program is expected to launch next September.

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Small college in Ohio announces bid to test medical marijuana

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