Is CBD oil legal in Ohio? State regulators say no

CBD oil derived from hemp can be found online and in many Ohio grocery and health stores, but state officials are saying the cannabis compound is illegal in Ohio.

Guidance from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy issued over the weekend states that CBD oil — derived from hemp or marijuana — can only be dispensed in a state-licensed dispensary. But the first state-approved dispensary is still several months away from opening its doors.

All products containing CBD — short for cannabidiol — will have to comply with the rules of the state’s medical marijuana program, including undergoing testing in a state-licensed lab. None of the four labs issued provisional licenses is open for business and likely won’t be until cultivators near their first harvest, which is, again, months away.

The pharmacy board’s clarification came after dispensary licensees asked whether they could sell the same CBD products in their stores seen on the shelves at health and grocery stores, board spokeswoman Ali Simon said. The answer: No.

Simon cited Ohio law defining marijuana as most parts of the plant including resin from cannabis stalks and fiber. That includes CBD derived from industrial hemp, which is defined in the federal Farm Act of 2014 as containing 0.3 percent or less THC, a psychoactive component of the plant.

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