Ohio lawmakers accidentally decriminalize cannabis

Ohio lawmakers accidentally decriminalize cannabis

Here’s a crazy story out of Ohio, where legislators have accidentally effectively decriminalized cannabis while trying to legalize hemp in the state. On July 30, Ohio passed a law legalizing hemp, but that law just based the definition of cannabis based on the amount of THC in it — the law says that anything with .3% THC or less is help, while anything over .3% THC is marijuana. That seemed like an easy fix for lawmakers, and the law passed without a problem — except that police in Ohio don’t actually have an easy way to test the THC amount of any cannabis they come across. That means that police representatives are saying that rather than testing everything they come across, they’re taking it as an order to just give up on trying to prosecute cannabis-related violations at all.

Ohio does allow for medical marijuana at the moment, but in general it’s not been the friendliest state for cannabis. It seems like the laws have changed in cannabis users’ favor, however, at least for the time being. Technically, police might look into actual testing methods, or more likely, the law may be changed to have a more specific definition of the difference between hemp and cannabis (the two are made of the same plant, simply grown and cultivated in a different way). Either way, for now, the cops in Ohio can’t test for a difference between what’s legal and what’s not there, so the state could be the first to decriminalize the plant by accident. Good for them!

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