DeWine Signed Bill Into Law Decriminalizing Hemp & CBD Products

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 31st, 2019

DeWine Signed Bill Into Law Decriminalizing Hemp & CBD Products

Recently there is lots of squabble over  Cannabidiol (CBD) products. In reality this substance has been around forever. This substance which is also known as phytocannabinoid was discovered sometime in the 1940’s. It is one of the 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants that accounts for 40% of the plant’s extract

However as late as 2018, clinical research on cannabidiol has introduced in a preliminary studies its efficiency on anxietycognitionmovement disorders, and pain.

On Tuesday July 30th, 2019 the excited Ohio Governor  Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that decriminalizing hemp and CBD products thus paving the way for the development of a new hemp industry in the state.

Reportedly Ohio Senate Bill 57 will allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and legalizes the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD.

 To fully comprehend the movement of this new law. It must be understood that Hemp-derived CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, is unlike most medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol. Presently, cannabidiol is just one of the well over 85 cannabinoids that is identified in the (marijuana) cannabis plant.

Senate Bill 57 provide for The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to administer the newly created hemp program. This legislation allows for cultivation of hemp as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. It will be enormously regulated by the state. Thusly, for those who are singing the Hallelujah Chorus thinking you’ll be getting high, think again!

Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapor, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth.

Cannabidiol can be taken into the body in multiple ways, including by inhalation of cannabis smoke or vapor, as an aerosol spray into the cheek, and by mouth.

Moreover, CBD does not have the same psychoactivity as THC, and may change the effects of THC on the body if both are present. Still, as of 2018, the mechanism of action for its biological effects has not been determined. What is the meaning of this?

Nevertheless, officials with the department had this to say; the hemp program will sets-up licensure process for farmers who are interested in growing the crop and those interested in its processing. As well, it will allows for universities to grow and cultivate the crop for research purposes. Also, ODA will be testing CBD and hemp products for safety and accurate labeling to protect Ohio consumers.

 Interestingly, Ohio has become the 47th state to regulate hemp. As predicted by The Ohio Farm Bureau it will become the state’s third-largest crop, behind corn and soybeans. 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.

Therefore, all this squabble over  Cannabidiol (CBD) products has very little to do with people’s health. It’s about making money.

Accordingly it may be supplied as CBD oil which contains only CBD as the active ingredient (no included tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] or terpenes), or a full-plant CBD-dominant hemp extract oil, capsules, dried cannabis, or as a prescription liquid solution.

Now, it’s going to the dogs!

Lately, in 2018 the United States, the cannabidiol drug Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration  for treatment of two epilepsy disorders.

 The side effects of long-term use of the drug include somnolencedecreased appetitediarrheafatiguemalaiseweakness, and sleeping problems.

 As recent as this year, 2019 in the United States, CBD is a Schedule I controlled substance that is illegal for use in human foods, dietary supplements, other consumer products, or pet foods. I remember catching a glimpse of this on WLWT5 News. Now, it’s going to the dogs! The entire presupposition around this squabble is completely about money and nothing else..

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.