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Wellness Wednesday: Cannabis In Ohio

Aug 21, 2019
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week told reporters that a new state law legalizing hemp doesn’t apply to recreational marijuana. 

The law did, however, legalize CBD oil. 

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, the differences between cannabis, hemp and CBD oil, and more. 

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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The backer of a new law legalizing hemp and CBD oil in Ohio says law enforcement officials will soon have access to new testing technology that will be able to easily distinguish the amount of THC in a product.

That testing is needed in order for cities to comply with the new law. But at least one city isn't waiting and is making a change to its enforcement policies right now.

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The Columbus City Attorney’s Office says it will no longer prosecute misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, effective immediately.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill that allows the cultivation of industrial hemp in Ohio and legalizes the manufacturing and sale of CBD products.

Columbus Botanical Depot said last year it would continue selling CBD oil, despite new rules from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy banning the product.
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The Ohio General Assembly has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD.

Shea Castleberry works in a time capsule of sorts. He walks through the aisles of the Family Video store he manages in Murray, Ky., a small city surrounded by rolling farmland about two hours north of Nashville.

Next to the movies and popcorn, there's a new addition to his store that surprises some of his regulars.

"A lot of people are like 'a video store selling CBD?' But it really does tie into our values. Which is, we're here for the community," Castleberry said.

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
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A panel of physicians recommended that the State Medical Board of Ohio vote next month to include anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states, along with Ohio, moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

The Ohio Senate has voted unanimously to legalize hemp and related products, including CBD oil.

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Among the many provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill is the legalization of widespread production of hemp. Congress approved the compromise last week, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law. But Ohio could lose a chance to capitalize on the new industry if lawmakers maintain the state's prohibition on the study and cultivation of hemp.

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Not sure if you heard, but the midterm elections were a pretty big deal in 2018. How do we know this? Well, because election stories took up half of WOSU’s most-viewed articles of the year. While 2018 will always be The Year Of The Kangaroo Sign in our hearts, politics dominated the headlines at WOSU, from the 12th District special election to the U.S. Senate race to Issue 1.

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An Ohio physician and medial professor believes medical cannabis should be used to treat opioid addiction in a state that saw a record number of overdose deaths last year.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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Parents from the Cleveland area are making an unusual request: They want the Cleveland School District to administer CBD oil to their children during school.

Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the hemp plant, is a popular trend in wellness. Better known as CBD oil, it’s found in lotions, candles, coffee, lip balm, and many other products.

CBD oil, although derived from the same plant as marijuana, contains little to none of the chemical that produces a high.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board in August ruled that that CBD oil is illegal under the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Today on Wellness Wednesday we take a closer look at CBD oil and more. 

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
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Stepping into the small vestibule, visitors are immediately struck by a slightly musty, slightly skunky odor that provides a redolent clue about what's happening there.

The next clue: An employee takes your identification from behind bulletproof glass and doesn't give it back until you leave.

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