The Republican-led legislature has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived CBD oil.
Last year, federal legislation removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and now treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like other crops. But existing Ohio law doesn't differentiate between marijuana and hemp. This would allow for the cultivation of hemp as long as it contains less than .3% THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.
The measure was sent to Governor Mike DeWine for consideration. It would take effect immediately if he signs it.