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Representative Koehler Announces Ohio House Passage of Legislation Decriminalizing Hemp and Licensing Hemp Cultivation

July 17, 2019
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS— State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 57, legislation that decriminalizes hemp and licenses hemp cultivation.

SB 57 excludes hemp and hemp products from the marijuana definition that is used to enforce controlled substance laws. The bill also prohibits the listing of hemp or hemp products as controlled substances by the State Board of Pharmacy.

“As Chair of the Ohio House Ag and Rural Development Committee, I am excited to see Ohio Law aligned with Federal law concerning hemp,” said Rep. Koehler. “Farmers wanting to cultivate hemp and businesses wanting to process this newly available commodity crop will have solid guidelines to direct their success. Hemp is not new to our culture, but I am excited to see us finally recognize that hemp is not a narcotic and should be available for use in Ohio and the United States.”

Additionally, SB 57 will create the Hemp Cultivation and Processing Program by the Director of Agriculture to monitor and regulate hemp cultivation and hemp processing. Any person wanting to cultivate hemp into any hemp product must obtain a hemp processing license from the Director.

The bill passed with 81 affirmative votes and 6 negative votes and now heads to the Governor for his signature.