The first step toward legalizing hemp in Ohio has been taken. The USDA recently approved the State of Ohio's hemp program. Senate Bill 57 was signed into law, decriminalizing hemp and paving the way for the development of a new industry in our state. On Thursday, January 16, 2020 the rules were passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules will go into effect on Wednesday, January 29. ODA will begin accepting applications for cultivating and processing shortly thereafter.
SENATE BILL 57
WHAT IS HEMP?
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA
HOW DO I GROW AND PROCESS HEMP?
It is now legal to sell properly inspected CBD products in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be testing all CBD products for safety and accurate labeling to protect Ohio consumers.
Universities will now have an opportunity to cultivate and process hemp for research purposes. If you are a university interested in this, click here to apply.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED RULES
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has posted proposed Hemp Cultivation and Processing rules.
During the public comment period, you may submit written comments regarding the proposed rules to the ODA via email at email@example.com. We will review all comments carefully and will make changes to the rules if necessary. The public comment period will close on October 30, 2019.
The Department will be providing more resources about growing and processing hemp in the coming weeks. Be sure to visit our website to stay up to date with the Hemp Program. Should you have any questions please call the Hemp Office at 614.728.2101.