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That’s why we have created our series of guides to help keep you informed. Today, we take a look at whether CBD oil is legal in Ohio. First, however, let’s learn more about the state’s stance on marijuana.

The possession of between 100 and 200 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor. You could spend up to 30 days in prison if convicted. The possession of over 200 grams is a felony with the potential for a one-year jail term. You could spend up to five years in prison if caught with over 1,000 grams.

What Are the Marijuana Laws in Ohio?

Marijuana advocates in Ohio made a bold bid to try and legalize recreational weed in 2015. However, Issue 3, as it was known, was defeated at the polls. One reason was that it seemed like an attempt to monopolize cannabis sale and distribution. Neither the Marijuana Policy Project nor the Drug Policy Alliance endorsed the ballot measure.

The possession of over 200 grams of cannabis in Ohio is a felony, with a potential prison sentence of one year.

SB 57 followed federal law by outlining that hemp in Ohio must have a maximum of 0.3% THC by dry weight. Otherwise, it is considered marijuana and is illegal. State law also mandates that all growers and processors of hemp are licensed, and their CBD products must be tested.

Pelanda said agriculture staff members have spent the last year studying hemp programs in other states and they will be able to enact rules and regulations within the six-month time frame allotted by law.

Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, announced in June it would sell hemp-derived CBD creams, balms and other topical products in nearly 1,000 stores in 17 states – but not its home state of Ohio.

What the law does

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to issue federal rules for hemp cultivation and processing in the coming weeks. In addition to CBD from hemp flowers, the plant is also harvested for its fiber and seed.

Statehouse lobbyist Neil Clark, who has been tapped to lead the organization, said the association will serve businesses who are involved at several levels of the industry and who have “big ideas.” It will also promote pro-hemp politicians through a political action committee.

“Our goal is to make sure those restrictions aren’t prohibitive,” Clark said. “There’s a lot of farmland in Ohio and there has to be opportunities for everyone.”

While the FDA has begun a process of re-evaluating that stance, it has yet to revise its rules or specifically regulate CBD products. The FDA has been strict when it comes to health claims that could be construed as medical advice about CBD. In July 2019, the FDA sent a letter to retailer Curaleaf outlining a bevy of regulations they were violating by making such claims. In April 2019, the FDA also warned three CBD makers about making unproven health claims.

Broad-spectrum means that the product contains CBD and terpenes, but has undergone additional processes to strip out THC.

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To meet federal legal criteria, CBD oil must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

While major drugstore chains currently sell hemp-derived CBD products in some states, Ohio is not yet one of them. Smaller, local pharmacies and health food stores may offer it. More locations will likely begin to carry CBD products as the state works out its licensing process.

There are no possession limits for hemp-derived CBD at this time. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps