CBD, Hemp Legalization Bill Stalls In Ohio House

No hemp will be grown in the Buckeye State this year

Just across the Ohio border, farmers are planting hemp, a crop they hope will turn an otherwise crummy planting season into a profitable one.

Soybeans, corn, wheat – it’s hard to turn a profit. But with hemp harvests fetching thousands of dollars per acre – more for hemp-derived CBD – farmers and entrepreneurs are investing in the crop.

Which state border? All of them.

Ohio is an island among Midwestern agricultural states, most of which allow hemp cultivation and processing. Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are all growing hemp this year under a pilot program in the 2014 Farm Bill.

A bill to allow hemp cultivation and hemp-derived CBD production and sales in Ohio has stalled in the House. House Speaker Larry Householder, R- Glenford, said Senate Bill 57 won’t pass until the fall at the earliest. 

The immediate effect of a delay: CBD, short for cannabidiol, derived from hemp remains illegal and under the purview of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

It also means no hemp will be grown in the Buckeye State this year.

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