Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 11th, 2019
According to Courtis Fuller with Cincinnati, WLWT5 News Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters cannot test between marijuana and hemp for legal purposes.
Now that hemp is legal in Ohio the new law may very well put many marijuana cases on hold or be completely thrown out.
Cecil Thomas the Senator for Ohio’s 9th District had this to say; “It’s obviously going to create some confusion among law enforcement.”
Subsequently, regarding Senate Bill 57 a memorandum sent from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to the Hamilton County Police Chiefs Association, has hemp defined as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% of THC. Tests are necessary to ensure legal levels.
What in the world is THC? Well, THC is defined as Tetrahydrocannabinol one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Also, the chemical is name tetrahydrocannabinol under the term THC that is referred to as cannabinoid isomers. Understand the conversation(s)!
In a cynical sort-of-away they are always coming-up with words that you cannot pronounce. Or by the time you figure-out how to pronounce the word three to four months has evaporated and then you are given two to three letters. For example tetrahydrocannabinol which is defined as THC. Understand the game.
Deters believes that there are no crime labs in Ohio that are proficient enough to perform the required analysis. Until such technology becomes available Deters’ office will not be able to prosecute marijuana cases as misdemeanors neither will he be able to charge them as felonies.
However, with understanding that the statute of limitations on felony marijuana charges is six years, Deters believes that officers can still investigate and confiscate marijuana but testing and charging will just have to wait.
Fuller added; “Marijuana is still illegal in the State of Ohio and Cincinnati city council member Jeff Pastor alleged he does not think the new hemp law confusion will have any impact on the city’s recent move to decriminalize possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana.
Meanwhile Thomas continued his lamentation by saying; “Being a former narcotics officer working undercover investigating drug situations, I would probably shy away from even addressing the issue at this point until there’s confirmation everything is in place.”
Supportively, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor said they are anticipate testing to be up and running within a month or two.