COLUMBUS, Ohio - Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 Tuesday, decriminalizing hemp in the state.
The bill makes hemp a legal crop in Ohio, allowing farmers to cultivate and process it. It also tasks the Ohio Department of Agriculture with creating a licensing program for farmers interested in growing the crop.
According to the Department of Agriculture, hemp is a cannabis plant that does not produce intoxicating effects, grown for its many industrial uses. Hemp contains a fiber, a grain, and oil that can be extracted for CBD, which is now being used in food and dietary supplements. The Department of Agriculture will also be testing CBD and hemp products for safety and accurate labeling.
The bill also allows for universities to grow and cultivate hemp for research purposes.