TESTING Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I open a testing laboratory?

    Administrative rules currently under development by the Department of Commerce will establish the standards and procedures, including application procedures, fees, number of available licenses, timing, how to apply, and renewal requirements. That information will be final when the rules are adopted by September 8, 2017. Draft rules will be available on this website for public comment.

    Per Ohio Revised Code, for one year following the date on which the Department of Commerce begins accepting applications, licenses issued to conduct laboratory testing of medical marijuana will only be granted to institutions of higher education that are public, located within the state of Ohio, and have the resources and facilities necessary to conduct testing in accordance with the rules.

  • What is the cost of obtaining a testing laboratory license?

    The testing laboratory licensing fees will be determined in rules adopted by the Department of Commerce.

  • How many testing laboratories will be licensed by the Department of Commerce?

    The Department of Commerce is required to adopt rules on the number of licenses that will be permitted at any one time. More information on licensing will be made available once the rules are finalized.


Please note: The dates listed in this section reflect those specified in the law and are for informational purposes only. Rule adoption and program implementation may occur earlier than the dates specified.

Effective date of Ohio House Bill 523. HB 523 establishes the basic framework for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program.


Testing Laboratory Rules Adopted. Ohio law requires the Ohio Department of Commerce to adopt testing laboratory rules by this date.


Ohio law requires the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program to be fully operational by this date.