Is recreational cannabis legal in Ohio? Is medicinal marijuana legal in Ohio? What about Ohio's CBD laws? Find out in this article.
It was December 17 1903, Wilbur Wright was out on the runway hollering at his brother, Orville Wright, "Start the engine, alright now keep her steady. Okay we're clear for take-off!" That was the day the first powered aircraft touched the sky, and aviation was born. The Wright brothers invented and developed the first functional aircraft of its kind, and it all started in the state of Ohio.
Ohio is a midwestern state in America that is bursting with rich history, and is the birthplace of great people such as Lebron James, the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, and Neil Armstrong. Some people might not consider visiting Ohio, as it isn't chockfull of action-packed activities. However, if you're one who is keen on history and love dwelling in magnificent museums and reminiscing about old marvels then Ohio is the place for you.
A beautiful state awash with rich American history and legends to boot, but what are the marijuana laws in Ohio? Does a state that is the mother of modern presidents consent to cannabis?
Let us take a dive into Ohio's marijuana laws in this article and find out what's legal in the "Heart of it all".
Is recreational weed legal in Ohio?
If Ohio is home to the notorious Rock n Roll hall of fame than surely recreational weed is legal in the state? Unfortunately not. Recreational weed is considered highly illegal in the state of Ohio and will remain that way… at least for now.
State voters of Ohio attempted to pass a bill in November 2015 that would have made recreational weed legal but were unsuccessful in doing so. The law would have made marijuana legal for adults over the age of 21 and taxed and regulated it like alcohol.
Recreational weed remained illegal after the failed attempt to legalize the plant in 2015. However, just recently in 2020, marijuana was decriminalized in the state. Now, adults who are caught in possession of 100 to 200 grams are subject to a misdemeanor and a fine of $150 dollars. Possession of more than 200 grams is a felony offense and is punishable by a fine of $2500 and time in the big house (jail). Decriminalization may seem trivial, but this is a huge step forward for Ohio and the State's relationship with cannabis.
This year in the upcoming election, voters of Ohio will again attempt to pass the bill to legalise recreational weed, which means that In 2021, Ohioans may be able to fly high in Dayton just like the Wright Brothers…only not with an airplane.
Is medicinal marijuana legal in Ohio?
Recreational weed is, in fact, illegal in Ohio, however, if you are a resident of the state and are in need of marijuana for its medicinal purposes then you're in luck.
As a result of House Bill 523 that took effect in 2016, medicinal marijuana is now accessible in Ohio for those who qualify. Thanks to the tremendous amounts of evidence that proves marijuana to be helpful in treating certain ailments, the bill was passed. Since bill 523, medical marijuana is legal everywhere across the state.
House Bill 523 was passed in 2016, but the medical marijuana control program wasn't fully established until 2018. Due to issues and conflicts with red-tape, sales from licensed dispensaries didn't even take place until 2019.
Although the implementation of the medicinal marijuana program took some time, the program is in full effect today and persons with qualifying conditions can reap the medical benefits of cannabis. Qualifying conditions include cancer, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy, and chronic pain. Receiving a medical marijuana card in Ohio is somewhat of a process though. First, you must receive a written recommendation by a qualified physician who is authorized by the state to prescribe medicinal marijuana. After obtaining a written prescription, you then must register with the State Board of Pharmacy and await their approval.
Lastly, while medical marijuana is indeed legal in Ohio, there's a catch; it's illegal to smoke it. Yes, you read that right. Combustible cannabis in flower form is prohibited. Medical marijuana patients in Ohio are only permitted to use cannabis in tinctures, oils, vapes, or patches.
Is CBD legal in Ohio?
Luckily for the citizens of the United States and travellers alike, CBD is legal in every state, including Ohio. The Farm Bill of 2018 rendered CBD legal on a federal level, providing it has been derived from a hemp plant and contains no more than 0.3% THC.
The legalization of hemp took place in 2018, but not every state was in favor, such as Ohio. The Ohio governor neglected to take CBD on board considering its relationship with cannabis. This upset many Ohio residents and retailers, as they already had started to stock and sell CBD products after the Farm bill was passed. Ohio governor, Mike DeWine, signed a new bill in 2019 which made CBD products legal in the state, on grounds that it is first properly inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Department inspects for quality and safety, so rest assured that Ohio CBD is top-notch.
CBD is an amazing chemical compound that is trending all across the world. It's effective for treating people who suffer from epilepsy, seizures, and it's shown to be great for inflammation.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to land on the moon but Ohio was nearly the last state in the U.S to legalize CBD. That's one small step for CBD, one great step for CBD-kind.
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