Ohio legislature has issued orders to all 88 of it’s county prosecutors to quit pursuing Ohio marijuana laws immediately. This move comes on the heels of the question of now-legal CBD oil and the legal dosage. At what point does CBD oil, or Hemp, cease being hemp and start being marijuana. 0.3 to 0.6% is the legal limits of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, that is actually allowed in the hemp oil. Anything higher than 0.6% is considered marijuana.
Trouble is that Ohio law doesn’t recognize tolerances, only test positives. And each of it’s counties is fitted with testing equipment that doesn’t exactly tell the amount of THC, it only lights up when there is the presence of THC. So until this is sorted out all of it’s county prosecutors are being instructed to actually turn a blind eye on marijuana related crimes that involve only simple use. Crimes related to weed and trafficking illegally will always be prosecuted, but then of course comes the question of whether or not the weed can legally be tested using current testing methods.
And What About Those Incarcerated For Marijuana Crimes?
No word of what this will do to existing marijuana criminals and inmates the state over, likely this could cause a stir in law suits against counties and possibly the state as well, so one can see clearly how important it is for state legislators to move slowly and to act cautiously on this.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. In order to prosecute a criminal case against a party being charged with possession of marijuana a test is ordered. This test doesn’t determine tolerance levels or how much THC is in the substance being tested, it only acts as a sort of light bulb. It lights when cannabinoids are detected.
What Exactly Is CBD Oil Anyway?
As the legal use of marijuana and other cannabis products grows, law makers are becoming more and more hard-pressed to keep up with the reasoning behind these victim-less crimes. And describing the incredible cost of enforcing marijuana laws coupled with the high cost of keeping marijuana criminals in jail are even harder and harder to explain to a demanding public.
CBD is found primarily in extractions from the hemp plant. It’s sold in gels, gummies, oils, supplements, extracts, and more. CBD starts off as the same plant as weed, but is is from a different part, the stem. Weed comes from flower tops and buds. The main difference of course, is the amount of THC in the substance.
And Where Will This All Lead?
Again, long-term reaction to this will likely be seen the most in the high numbers of people currently serving time for weed. Anything beyond simple use and possession will become a major source of worry to lawmakers of every state and not just Ohio over this. CBD is here to stay, and like it or not they will be forced to make adjustments.