The issue of the legality of CBD has been a confusing one across the United States in recent years. Some will say CBD is legal in “all 50 states” and you can find CBD on the shelves of stores just about anywhere. Others say it’s a gray area and much depends on exactly how the CBD was derived or extracted and what it was extracted from.
The issue has become very confusing as of late in the state of Ohio. The state’s medical marijuana program was supposed to kick off on September 8th (spoiler alert, it hasn’t). But one thing that date did trigger was a “clarification” regarding CBD from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy (OBP).
“HB 523 includes CBD oil in the definition of marijuana, regardless of whether it is a plant extract or synthetic product,” the board said.
“All marijuana products, including CBD oil, can only be dispensed in a licensed Medical Marijuana Control Program dispensary. Those marijuana products will have to comply with the rules and regulations of the program.”
This caused many stores in Ohio to start pulling CBD from their shelves. Other retailers have decided to continue to sell CBD products, and this has really added to the confusion surrounding the issue, so much so that it is generating a ton of news coverage across the state, including in Cincinnati, Ohio.