The new bill is said to distinguish hemp and CBD products from Marijuana on the basis that they have lower levels of THC and to exclude it from the controlled substances.
The much-awaited bill for legalizing CBD products and hemp in the state of Ohio has been passed on Wednesday by the Ohio General Assembly.
Senate Bill 57 now will head to Governor Mike DeWine. If signed into law, industrial hemp would no longer be in the same legal category as cannabis and would be decriminalized.More news: Former Giants OL Mitch Petrus passes away at 32
Federal legislation a year ago removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and now treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like other agricultural crops.
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.
The attorneys general warned that more research is needed to determine the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products, and they called on the FDA to work with state consumer protection authorities to create testing and manufacturing guidelines for this fast-growing market.More news: Slack resets passwords for 1% of its users because of 2015 hack
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is hopeful that the new legislation could provide economic relief to farmers.
"Farmers are getting hit pretty hard right now with the weather and things-the tariffs and the weather", Householder said. This new move is considered to be a blessing for the farmers as the hemp yields more profit compared to other crops.
The decision to begin taking public comments was driven largely by the recent legalization of industrial hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol, or CBD, an oil that is said to have therapeutic value in treating a variety of medical conditions. The medicinal cannabis program, however, has gotten off to a rocky start with only a handful of dispensaries operating and a large percentage of approved patients not making purchases.More news: ‘The Lion King’ Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night