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The Constantly Changing Legal Landscape: CBD in Ohio

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When you research the question, “Is CBD legal?“, you’ll run into a variety of answers. While we take the position that, based on a recent statement from the DEA and the 2014 Farm Bill, CBD is legal. However, a recent “clarification” from the Ohio Pharmacy Board has just changed the status of CBD in Ohio. Now, CBD sourced from the United States is illegal in Ohio. This change is literally turning some sufferers of debilitating conditions, like multiple sclerosis, who possess and use CBD into “criminals”.  Why take the risk with your next CBD purchase? Why not purchase your CBD from a company like TheraJoy that sources it’s 99% pure CBD from Switzerland?

The Constantly Changing Legal Landscape: Cannabidiol (CBD) in Ohio

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Pharmacist with Pharmacist Assistant

When you research the question, “Is CBD legal?“, you’ll run into a variety of answers. We take the position that, based on a recent statement from the DEA and the 2014 Farm Bill, CBD is legal. Why? Hemp-derived products are legal in all 50 states if they contain no more than 0.3% THC, and the 2018 Farm Bill will completely remove hemp from the DEA’s list of controlled substances. Furthermore, CBD products like TheraJoy, that use imported, hemp derived CBD are even legally safer.

Increased CBD Acceptance By Key States

While some states are increasing their CBD acceptance …

Due to its ability to naturally treat dozens of chronic conditions, the demand for Cannabidiol (CBD) has skyrocketed. As the popularity of the hemp-derived compound has begun to shift, so has the acceptance in many states across America including California, Colorado, and Kentucky.

While we are definitely moving in the right direction, the legality of CBD as a whole is still very unclear due to different laws in different states, and even different laws at state and federal level. Because of this, many are deterred from using CBD, and instead of gaining the benefits of CBD, they’re stuck wondering: “Is CBD legal?”

Is CBD Legal? The Legal Status of CBD in 2018

Ohio Flag, Credit: Jeff Kubina, Flickr, April 11, 2006
Ohio Flag

Ohio Takes A Different Stance On CBD

… others, like Ohio, are moving away.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board recently provided a “clarification” that was sent to all Ohio pharmacists. The message was clear, CBD is illegal in Ohio.

The board’s clarification on CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana or hemp, says it is illegal under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, which takes effect September 8. The board says CBD oil must go through the same testing procedures and comply with the same rules as actual marijuana.

The board adds the only legal way to sell it is through a medical marijuana control program dispensary. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy in June approved 56 dispensary licenses, five of which are in Franklin County.

The message is clear that until dispensaries are operational, and none are right now, no one is allowed to possess or sell CBD oil and other marijuana related products. Still, some stores stocking CBD oil are continuing to sell it, despite the pharmacy board’s ruling.

Ohio Rules CBD Oil Is Illegal Under Medical Marijuana Law

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Legal Scene

Ohio CBD Patients Are Concerned

This change is literally turning some sufferers of debilitating conditions, like multiple sclerosis, who possess and use CBD into “criminals”.

An Akron woman with multiple sclerosis said she keeps a bottle of CBD oil on a table next to her bed.

Every morning when she wakes, the first thing she does is fill a dropper with CBD — which is short for cannabidiol, a chemical found in cannabis plants, including industrial hemp — and squeeze it out under her tongue.

“Then I take a hot shower and, by the end, my body can maybe move enough to get dressed,” she said.

The woman said she and members of her MS support group depend on the oil and were all stunned last week when they learned CBD oil is illegal to sell or possess in Ohio.

CBD oil users who say it helps relieve pain, anxiety frustrated to learn product is illegal in Ohio

A Possible Silver Lining

While these changes may be disheartening, there may be a silver lining. According to Martin Lee, Co-founder, and Director of  Project CBD, some CBD is still legal.

Lee said hemp-derived CBD is legal under certain limited provisions. California’s health department took a similar stance on CBD in a July statement.

Is CBD oil legal in Ohio? State regulators say no

As I mentioned in my introduction, CBD products like TheraJoy, are even legally safer because they use 99% pure CBD sourced from Switzerland. In many cases, the source of the CBD can change its legal status. Was the CBD produced in the US? If so, does it comply with the 2014 Farm Bill?

Another of the common misconceptions about CBD that consumers need to cope with is the idea that all CBD is created equal. Some of our users have commented on their experiences, saying “I used CBD before and it worked great, so if I use this other CBD product I’ll get the same results.” Not always. In order for quality CBD to be yielded, it must be properly grown, manufactured, extracted, and formed into a final product with very highest standards.

Isn’t it easier to simply purchase your CBD from a legal brand you can trust, a brand like TheraJoy? At TheraJoy, we always use 99% pure CBD imported from Switzerland, and we’ve been proudly manufacturing our line of CBD products in the United States for three years.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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