Ohio Legislature Passes Bill To Legalize Hemp And CBD Oil



The Ohio General Assembly has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD.

The bill was passed by the Senate in March and approved earlier this week in an 88-3 vote, showing the state's growing approval for the cannabis industry within Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign it into law soon.

Under the current state law, hemp falls under the category of Schedule I controlled substances, like all other variants of the cannabis plant.

Under the Federal Farm Bill that was passed in 2018, hemp and CBD products were legalized in most of the states with OH being left out. But Ohio's recent medical marijuana law doesn't differentiate between marijuana and hemp - leading to confusion among retailers. "Now they can take comfort in the fact that there's a path for us to have hemp in the state".

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Presently, CBD products can be purchased only through state-licensed dispensaries.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and his NY counterpart Letitia James are part of a coalition of 38 state attorneys general calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase federal cooperation with the states in addressing potentially false marketing claims on products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).

Republican Representative Kyle Koehler says OH is one of a handful of states that haven't allowed hemp cultivation.

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