NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Hocking College in southeastern Ohio says it is preparing to start testing medical marijuana in a new laboratory and plans to offer related courses to students interested in cannabis.

The two-year technical college in Nelsonville has received a provisional license from the state to test the quality and potency of medical marijuana. Hocking College President Betty Young says the college is getting a lot of inquiries about laboratory sciences in general, and specific questions about cannabis research.

[The future site of the Hocking College cannabis testing lab, on Sylvania Avenue in Nelsonville. //photo Hocking College]

The Columbus Dispatch reports Hocking College anticipates spending about $2 million to start up the lab located off-campus in Nelsonville. Students pursuing laboratory science degrees will utilize the lab for hands-on experience.

The state also has issued a provisional license for testing medical marijuana to Central State University near Dayton in southwestern Ohio.

[cover photo angelic via Pixabay]